SpaceX Successfully Launches the Arabsat-6A Satellite and Lands Three Boosters

James Marshall
December 7, 2019

Each of these numbers denoted major milestone achieved by SpaceX with the flight of the Arabsat-6A mission on one of the company's Falcon Heavy rockets.

SpaceX tweeted: "Successful deployment of Arabsat-6A to geosynchronous transfer orbit confirmed-completing Falcon Heavy's first commercial mission!"

The Falcon Heavy, using Block 5 boosters, lifted off at 6:35 p.m.

Privately owned SpaceX, also known as Space Exploration Technologies Corp, was founded in 2002 by Elon Musk, who is also a co-founder of electric vehicle maker Tesla Inc. "The third, which was going to fast to also land at the Cape, oriented itself for a landing on the "Of Course I Still Love You" Autonomous Spaceport Drone Ship" positioned out in the Atlantic.

SpaceX and Boeing Co are vying to send humans to space from USA soil for the first time in almost a decade under NASA's Commercial Crew Program. This thrilled tourists and area residents alike with the dual sonic booms as the rockets appeared to make their landing nearly in a synchronized fashion just a few hundred feet from one another.

The 23-story-tall Heavy, which previously launched Musk's cherry red Tesla roadster to space in a 2018 debut test flight, blasted off from Florida's Kennedy Space Center carrying its first customer payload.

Update: Arabsat-6A has detached in the desired orbit and the mission is a success!

And the launch came just a year and two months after the Falcon Heavy took off on its maiden voyage on February 6, 2018.

The version of the Falcon Heavy that SpaceX flew this week was not the same as what the company used on previous mission: Its rocket cores were more powerful, making use of upgrades to SpaceX's smaller workhorse rocket, the Falcon 9.

Arabsat-6A saw all three FH first stages land safely.

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

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