SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy which was used for launching the Tesla Roadster into space had its first successful commercial launch today. The rocket launch mission prime aim was to take the satellite Arabsat 6A communications station into orbit. About 34 minutes later, it deployed the satellite. The satellite will be used for Internet connections in the Middle East, Africa, and parts of Europe.
The three rocket cores autonomously landed itself on the Earth and now it’s ready to use again. Out of the three cores, the two cores landed touched on SpaceX’s two concrete landing pads at Cape Canaveral, Florida near the site of the launch and the middle core touched down on the company’s drone ships in the Atlantic Ocean. The first time it took off the flight, out of the three, two of them were able to make back to the Earth. It was due to the shortage of fuel in its central core and got landed in the ocean at 300 miles per hour.
Falcon Heavy was upgraded to make sure that all the three boosters land safely on the earth. The rocket has more payload capacity and costs far less than any of the competitors. The second launch of the rocket was at about 6:35 local time in Cape Canaveral. But the mission was planned 24 hours priors. It got delayed due to the bad weather. Rocket’s upgraded version has improved engine, titanium grinds, and a new thermal system.
The Arabsat 6A satellite built by Lockheed Martin and is a Saudi Arabian communication satellite. It is placed in an elliptical orbit and 22,300 miles from the equator, ideal for communication systems. “This new satellite will strengthen our existing fleet that offers millions of people mobile and landline communications service across the region,” Khalid Balkheyour, CEO of Arabsat, said in a news release. “We look forward to completing and launching this state-of-the-art new satellite to offer even greater internet, television and radio services to our customers.” The rocket generated more than 5 Million pounds of thrust and its the world’s most powerful operational rocket in the world.