Published: Sun, April 14, 2019
Sci-tech | By Patricia Wade

SpaceX Landed Three Boosters Successfully, And The Visuals Are Beautiful!

SpaceX Landed Three Boosters Successfully, And The Visuals Are Beautiful!

Note that also yesterday, SpaceX postponed the launch of the carrier rocket Falcon Heavy.

Falcon Heavy vaulted a pricey communications satellite into orbit for Saudi Arabia-based Arabsat.

Back in February 2018, the test payload was SpaceX CEO Elon Musk's Tesla Roadster with a mannequin nicknamed Starman in the driver's seat.

Orders for Falcon Heavy flights have grown to five contracted missions, including three commercial missions and a $130 million contract to launch the Air Force Space Command-52 satellite.

The rocket's side boosters landed at the SpaceX Landing Zones 1 and 2 within seconds of each other, while the center core landed on the "Of Course I Still Love You" droneship located in the Atlantic ocean, the company has confirmed. Each of these numbers denoted major milestone achieved by SpaceX with the flight of the Arabsat-6A mission on one of the company's Falcon Heavy rockets.

"Three for three boosters today", a SpaceX webcast commentator said. SpaceX boss Elon Musk tweeted "The Falcons have landed". Pad 39A is the launch pad that played host to the historic Apollo missions as well as NASA's Space Shuttle program.

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.

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Mnuchin used similar language in a letter to Neal this week. "Together, we are going to make sure that does not happen again", Sanders said to cheers.

The launch of the Arabsat-6A satellite occurred at 6:35 p.m.

When the rocket flew past year, its two side boosters made synchronized landings on side-by-side ground pads in Florida.

Beyond that though, the Block 5 upgrades add almost 10 percent more thrust to Falcon Heavy compared with the demo mission previous year.

About 34 minutes after liftoff, the shiny silver satellite was successfully deployed.

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

SpaceX's reusable designs make the Falcon Heavy an appealing way to get large payloads into space. That launch was the biggest rocket since the Saturn era ended in the 1970s.

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