SpaceX has again postponed the launch of the Falcon Heavy

Mindy Sparks
April 14, 2019

On Thursday, US space company SpaceX launched Falcon Heavy with a Saudi Arabsat-6A satellite on board and successfully landed the rocket's side boosters and central core back on Earth.

The Falcon Heavy was poised to blast off from NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida on Wednesday night with a communication satellite.

A timed exposure of the SpaceX Falcon 9 Heavy rocket shows its trajectory as it launches at 6:35 PM from Complex 39A at the Kennedy Space Center, Fla. on Thursday. After a few minutes, the two strap-on solid fuel boosters separated from the main booster to land side-by-side back at SpaceX's Landing Zones 1 and 2 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.

Center core: It's the landing of this third booster that is the greatest achievement, after a similar attempt by SpaceX failed in 2018, instead hitting the ocean at 300 miles an hour. Just over a month after its Crew Dragon capsule mated with the International Space Station in the first commercial docking with the ISS, it successfully launched and landed its Falcon Heavy for mission Arabsat-6A.

SpaceX's mission was to deploy Arabsat-6A, a high-capacity telecommunications satellite that will deliver television, radio, Internet and mobile communications to customers in the Middle East, Africa and Europe, according to a press kit.

SpaceX chief Elon Musk put his own Tesla convertible on last year's demo.

One of the hallmarks of most Falcon 9 and Falcon Heavy launches are the landings carried out by the rocket's first stage (s).


NASA offered swift congratulations, tweeting: "From our iconic launch pads at @NASAKennedy, we will continue to support the growing commercial space economy".

Privately owned SpaceX, also known as Space Exploration Technologies Corp, was founded in 2002 by Musk, who is also a co-founder of electric vehicle maker Tesla Inc. The red Roadster - with a mannequin, dubbed Starman, likely still at the wheel - remains in a solar orbit stretching just past Mars.

So, the mission was a success, but the Falcon Heavy itself is much more interesting than another satellite in orbit.

During Falcon Heavy's maiden flight in 2018, its two booster cores made synchronized landings side-by-side in Florida.

What is all the more awesome about this engineering effort, however, is that the world's largest rocket does not just launch into space.

SpaceX will now get to work on refurbishing the three boosters in preparation for another flight in June or July. Falcon Heavy is taller than the shuttle launch rocket was, but carries a little less thrust or power.

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