SpaceX successfully launches Arabsat 6A

The Falcon Heavy rocket at sunset along the Florida coast

With a total of 27 Merlin engines, the Falcon Heavy is capable of generating "more than 5 million pounds (2.3 million kg) of thrust at liftoff, equal to about eighteen 747 aircraft", according to SpaceX.

SpaceX will be hoping for a successful retrieval of all boosters as Falcon Heavy sets its sights on a second launch later this year.

SpaceX confirmed this evening that the Arabsat-6A satellite, which will be used for communications, was successfully transferred into geosynchronous orbit.

SpaceX's Falcon Heavy proved its merit on Thursday night (April 11, ) when it took off into space on its first-ever commercial launch. "Three for three boosters today on Falcon Heavy, what an fantastic accomplishment". For comparison, the most potent rocket which is now in production, Delta IV Heavy can carry 22,560 kilograms. As with the first Falcon Heavy mission in February 2018, the two side cores made a side-by-side landing along the Florida coast.

Both rocket fairings from the two Falcons were recovered in the ocean, which the SpaceX boss said will be reused at a later date for future SpaceX missions.

Eastern from Space Launch Complex 39A in Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida, with the 6,460-kilogram Arabsat-6A. It was carrying Elon Musk's red Tesla Roadster with the crash dummy Starman at the wheel.

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SpaceX set a company record previous year with 21 launches for customers. The company selected Falcon Heavy in September for a mission anticipated in late 2017 or 2018.

The satellite aims to provide communications to people in the Middle East, Africa, and Europe.

The middle booster, after pushing the payload into space, returned almost ten minutes later for a successful landing on SpaceX's seafaring drone ship 645km off the Florida coast.

The launch systems are aimed at ending United States reliance on Russian Soyuz rockets for $80 million-per-seat rides to the $100 billion orbital research laboratory, which flies about 250 miles above the earth.

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

This will be the private space company's second launch of the Falcon Heavy.

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