Published: Thu, December 05, 2019
Sci-tech | By Patricia Wade

Arabsat 6A Satellite launched

Arabsat 6A Satellite launched

The side boosters landed nearly simultaneously at Landing Zones 1 and 2, and the center stage came back down shortly after that on the drone ship "Of Course I Still Love You". The center core landed on a SpaceX drone ship ten minutes and 20 seconds into the mission.

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.

The Falcon Heavy launched the Arabsat satellite yesterday at 6.35pm from NASA's Kennedy Space Center on its first commercial mission.

The company's Falcon Heavy rocket can carry heavier payloads into orbit than the Falcon 9 while still maintaining a similar degree of re-usability by landing its boosters back on Earth.

"Three for three boosters today, What an accomplishment!", a space flight commentator exclaimed. It's the most powerful launch vehicle in service right now, and the $90M price tag is about a third of what United Launch Alliance charges for the Delta IV Heavy.

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

The rocket is expected to be used primarily for United States military missions, and to launch spy satellites and hefty commercial telecom satellites.

Mr Musk shared photos of the landing on Twitter, saying: "The Falcons have landed".

Musk threw his own convertible into space previous year, which is reportedly in a solar orbit around Mars.it happens to still be the same regardless of some less shine and a loss of a few chips here and there.

Falcon Heavy is not expected to fly almost as often as its smaller counterpart, which has completed more than 20 missions since last February. The company is intent on driving down launch costs by recycling rocket parts.

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