SpaceX Falcon Heavy sticks the landing in spectacular launch

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The huge Arabsat 6A satellite - weighing around 6450 kg (14,200 lb) is not quite the heaviest individual spacecraft SpaceX has launched, but it is by far the highest energy orbit SpaceX has reached with a spacecraft anywhere close to its size. When Arabsat announced the contracts in 2015, it said at the time that it planned to launch the Arabsat 6A satellite aboard Falcon Heavy. The second-ever launch of the Falcon Heavy rocket was supposed to happen on Sunday, and then again on Tuesday, and yet again on Wednesday.

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

"The Falcons have landed" he wrote on Twitter, inaugurating the first successful recovery of all three rocket boosters, which will be refurbished and re-fly in another Falcon Heavy mission this summer to carry a swarm of military and science satellites for the Air Force.

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

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After the 2018 Falcon Heavy launch, the center core missed the drone ship when only one of three engines ignited for the final landing burn.

Elon Musk's Tesla roadster launched from the Falcon Heavy rocket in February 2018 with a dummy driver named Starman.

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. Much of the focus this year is on the first flight with humans on board: SpaceX and Boeing Co. have contracts with NASA to ferry American astronauts to the International Space Station as part of the agency's Commercial Crew program.

"The Falcons have landed", Musk said in a tweet that included pictures of all three boosters. SpaceX is expected to attempt to land all three this week.

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Last year, SpaceX was able to land two of the Falcon Heavy's boosters, with the third one crashing into the ocean at 300 miles per hour.

The satellite is created to provide television, internet, telephone, and secure communications to customers in the Middle East.

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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