SpaceX's powerful Falcon Heavy rocket successfully launched on its first commercial mission

SpaceX carried out its first commercial launch on Thursday with its Falcon Heavy rocket easing a Saudi telecoms satellite into

"On Thursday, April 11 at 6:35 p.m. EDT, Falcon Heavy launched the Arabsat-6A satellite from Launch Complex 39A (LC-39A) at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida".

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".

Roughly three minutes after clearing the pad, Heavy's two side boosters separated from the core rocket for a synchronised landing at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, sparking boisterous cheers from SpaceX engineers in the company's Hawthorne, California headquarters. Landing a rocket booster back on the ground so it can be refurbished is one thing, but recovering other parts of the spacecraft, such as the nosecone fairing, helps to boost SpaceX's bottom line even more.

This time around SpaceX will carry the paid-for Arabsat, a satellite services provider from Saudi Arabia.

This time all the boosters came back safely which makes this the first fully successful mission for the Falcon Heavy.

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Fans and tourists are expected to flock to the Florida Space Coast for the event, while some can catch the live broadcast on the SpaceX website. With this deployment the Falcon Heavy, created with the goal of sending manned missions to the Moon and Mars, has successfully completed its first commercial mission.

The satellite is created to provide television, internet, telephone, and secure communications to customers in the Middle East. But since the inaugural flight, SpaceX has added a few more customers to the Falcon Heavy's manifest, including telecommunications company Viasat, along with a few additional launches from the US Air Force.

SpaceX's Crew Dragon capsule, atop a Falcon 9 rocket, cleared its first unmanned test flight in March ahead of its crewed mission planned for July, while the first unmanned test for Boeing's Starliner capsule is slated for August on ULA's Atlas 5 rocket.

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

SpaceX is now testing a system to recover the fairings of its Falcon 9 rockets.

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