Falcon Heavy: SpaceX Faced Key Test In Launch Of Its Biggest Rocket

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The launch was an important for SpaceX as this was only the second time the Falcon Heavy has launched and the first with a paying customer.

The center core booster landed on a floating platform in the Atlantic Ocean about two minutes after that.

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

The webcast should begin about 20 minutes before the rocket's anticipated liftoff.

SpaceX's Falcon Heavy launch was delayed again yesterday, this time due to high winds. A standard Falcon Heavy launch costs $90 million, according to the company's website, compared to $62 million for the Falcon 9.

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

With a combination of reusability, affordability, and performance unlikely to be matched for a minimum of 2+ years, SpaceX and its Falcon Heavy rocket have the opportunity to create an entirely new market in the coming years. "Three for three boosters today on Falcon Heavy, what an awesome accomplishment".

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The Roadster is thought to be on the other side of the sun from us right now, about three-quarters of the way around its first solar orbit, said senior analyst at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, Jon Giorgini. SpaceX is expected to attempt to land all three this week.

Lockheed Martin built the satellite, along with a second one, for Arabsat as part of a batch of contracts worth $650 million.

The job was to place the six-ton Arabsat-6A satellite into geostationary orbit about 22,500 miles (36,000 kilometers) above the Earth.

That was back when SpaceX was still expected to test Falcon Heavy later that same year. Above all else, Falcon Heavy Flight 2 has demonstrated that SpaceX's super heavy lift rocket is truly ready to offer routine commercial services for customers - both public and private - around the world.

SpaceX made headlines early past year with the first-ever launch of the Falcon Heavy, and the successful return of two of its three boosters was a stunning sight.

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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