Arabsat 6A mission a success - SpaceX lands all three boosters

SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket launches from the Kennedy Space Center

SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket launches from the Kennedy Space Center

SpaceX's Falcon Heavy rocket has conducted its second flight on Thursday, April 11, carrying its first customer payload: the Arabsat-6A communications satellite into space.

"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.

One of the hallmarks of most Falcon 9 and Falcon Heavy launches are the landings carried out by the rocket's first stage (s). After a few minutes, the two strap-on solid fuel boosters separated from the main booster to land side-by-side back at SpaceX's Landing Zones 1 and 2 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. Built by Lockheed Martin, this is the first satellite for the company as part of a batch of contracts worth $650 million. The SpaceX launch, which also happened to be the Heavy's second-ever flight, delivered a Saudi Arabian satellite into space. It will be reused during a Starlinks mission later this year. Shortly after, the rocket's three boosters touched down back on Earth.

Saudi Arabia-based Arabsat announced plans to launch with SpaceX in spring 2015, but at the time hadn't decided between the Falcon 9 or Falcon Heavy. According to CEO Elon Musk, B1032 had run out of the TEA/TEB (triethylaluminum + triethylboron) fluid used to ignite its Merlin engines, although why the booster ran out of it prematurely is unknown.

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NASA administrator Jim Bridenstine last month suggested possibly using a Falcon Heavy - and another company's big rocket - to get the space agency's Orion capsule around the Moon in 2020, minus a crew.

"The Falcons have landed", Musk said in a tweet that included pictures of all three boosters. That launch was the biggest rocket since the Saturn era ended in the 1970s.

A launch on a Falcon Heavy carries a price tag of $90 million, compared to competitor United Launch Alliance's Delta IV Heavy, which costs more than $300 million. As such, this marks the first commercial mission for SpaceX's powerful rocket.

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