SpaceX successfully lands all three Falcon Heavy boosters

SpaceX's launch and landing on Thursday was genuinely mesmerising

SpaceX's launch and landing on Thursday was genuinely mesmerising

SpaceX sent the Arabsat-6A communications satellite into geosynchronous transfer orbit April 11, completing the Falcon Heavy rocket's first commercial launch. The Falcon Heavy, being the most powerful rocket in use today, with 27 engines firing at liftoff is basically 3 rockets strapped together and hence 9 engines per booster.

SpaceX's Falcon Heavy took off yesterday from the historic Launchpad 39A at the Kennedy Space Centre in Florida. But everything went exceedingly well and the satellite ended up in the proper orbit.

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

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

Because this was an upgraded version of the rocket with unproven changes, SpaceX chief Elon Musk cautioned in advance things might go wrong.

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This is Falcon Heavy's second launch.

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

Privately owned SpaceX, also known as Space Exploration Technologies Corp, was founded in 2002 by Elon Musk, who is also a co-founder of electric vehicle maker Tesla Inc.

SpaceX is celebrating this morning after its Falcon heavy rocket launched the Arabsat 6-A communications satellite and also achieved a triple rocket landing in the process. 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.

Falcon Heavy is not expected to fly almost as often as its smaller counterpart, which has completed more than 20 missions since last February.

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