SpaceX successfully launches Falcon Heavy rocket

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																	SpaceX pulled off an incredible feat in its second Falcon Heavy launch					
								
			
	
		Mike Wehner

As shown in the video below, the rocket's two side boosters landed successfully at SpaceX's Landing Zones 1 and 2 at Florida's Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. Because it flies higher and reaches faster speeds than the side boosters, landing it is a trickier endeavor, one SpaceX missed on Falcon Heavy's last test flight in 2018.

The launch on 26 April results in an arrival at the space station for a robotic capture by Expedition 59 crew members David Saint-Jacques of the Canadian Space Agency and Nick Hague of NASA on Sunday, 28 April at 7 am EDT for a month-long stay.

The ability to retrieve payload fairings is the latest step in SpaceX's creation of rocket systems that are entirely reusable.

Billionaire Elon Musk's space exploration company SpaceX on Thursday (11 April) completed its first commercial mission for a paying customer by placing Saudi Arabia's Arabsat in orbit through its massive Falcon Heavy rocket.

SpaceX tries to re-use rockets, payload fairings, boosters and other parts to try to cut down on the cost of each rocket mission.

The US Air Force tapped SpaceX in 2018 to launch for Dollars 130 million a classified military satellite and in February added three more missions in a USD 297 million contract.

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Speaking about the launch from the Cape Canaveral air force base, Khaled bin Ahmed Balkheyour, President & CEO of Arabsat said: "We are thankful for the successful launch of the 6A satellite as it was challenging for us and SpaceX because it is the first largest and heaviest satellite lifted by SpaceX on the most powerful rocket in operation today".

The launch was also significant in that it was the first time that SpaceX has managed to bring back all of three of the rocket's first stages.

About two minutes later, its center core landed successfully on the "Of Course I Still Love You" droneship in the Atlantic Ocean.

The lift-off was crucial in the race with Boeing-Lockheed venture United Launch Alliance and Mr Jeff Bezos' Blue Origin as SpaceX aims to clinch a third of all US National Security Space missions - coveted military contracts worth billions.

SpaceX is now testing a system to recover the fairings of its Falcon 9 rockets. Check back then to see if SpaceX can pull off a triple landing this time.

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