This flight followed the first Falcon Heavy test launch in 2018 and involved the Arabsat-6A, a Saudi Arabian communications satellite.
Using SpaceX's first Falcon Heavy commercial flight means that the satellite will be placed into a high geostationary transfer orbit and should be on station in 16-17 days.
A SpaceX rocket launched the 16-foot-tall capsule from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida last Saturday. The side boosters landed nearly simultaneously at Landing Zones 1 and 2, and the center stage came back down shortly after that on the drone ship "Of Course I Still Love You". The Falcon Heavy's main booster to make a hard landing at sea - on a ship positioned hundreds of miles offshore in the Atlantic Ocean. The booster is carrying into orbit a 13,000-pound Saudi telecommunications satellite that will provide television, internet and mobile phone services to the Middle East, Africa and Europe.More news: Pope Francis kisses shoes of Sudanese leaders in plea for peace
Because this was an upgraded version of the rocket with unproven changes, SpaceX chief executive Elon Musk cautioned in advance that things might go wrong.
SpaceX plans to refly the Falcon Heavy side boosters from the Arabsat-6A mission on its next Falcon Heavy mission, the U.S. Air Force Space Test Program-2 rideshare mission.
The successful launch and landing were cheered on by USA space agency NASA, which congratulated the California-based rocket manufacturer.More news: Nepal: At least three killed in airplane collision in Solukhumbu
After the 2018 Falcon Heavy launch, the center core missed the drone ship when only one of three engines ignited for the final landing burn. It will be reused during a Starlinks mission later this year.
A couple dozen ground telescopes kept tabs on the auto during its first several days in space, but it gradually faded from view as it headed out toward the orbit of Mars, Giorgini noted.
SpaceX will now get to work on refurbishing the three boosters in preparation for another flight in June or July. So, the Falcon Heavy can deliver people to the moon and even to Mars. Then, as it launched, all of this energy poured forth from 27 engines in a meticulously controlled explosion for the goal of sending a 6-ton satellite into geostationary orbit.More news: Skype Rolls Out Screen Share Feature to Android, iOS Insider Build Users