SpaceX accomplished its primary mission of launching the Arabsat-6A telecommunication satellite late this afternoon from famed Launch Complex 39A at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. It's a particularly notable one, being Falcon Heavy's second flight ever and the very first commercial launch for the gargantuan launch vehicle.
The Falcon Heavy is created to loft into low-Earth orbit up to 140,000 pounds - more than any American rocket has been able to carry since NASA's Saturn V, which took Apollo astronauts to the moon in the 1960s and '70s. Then came SpaceX's successful commercial mission into space. When Arabsat announced the contracts in 2015, it said at the time that it planned to launch the Arabsat 6A satellite aboard Falcon Heavy.More news: Dean Smith: Aston Villa need more belief
The two outer boosters touched back down at SpaceX's landing pads near its launch site in Cape Canaveral, while the centre core landed on a drone ship in the Atlantic Ocean.
The satellite aims to provide communications to people in the Middle East, Africa, and Europe. That mission was more of a test than anything else, with head man Elon Musk deciding to send his own Tesla as the rocket's payload. Then, as it launched, all of this energy poured forth from 27 engines in a meticulously controlled explosion for the objective of sending a 6-ton satellite into geostationary orbit. As before, the launch could take place at any time over a window of about three hours, but if SpaceX does indeed manage to launch its massive rocket today you'll be able to watch it live right here.More news: Portman Refutes Ukrainian Election Meddling Claims
Its successful landing of the center core from a Falcon Heavy is a relief for SpaceX after a similar attempt ended in disaster past year.
Falcon Heavy is not expected to fly almost as often as its smaller counterpart, which has completed more than 20 missions since last February.More news: Chris Petersen steps down as Washington coach after six seasons