SpaceX conducted a first successful commercial launch of the super-heavy rocket Falcon Heavy
With the launch complex LC-39A the Kennedy Space Center, NASA's owned, held a successful first commercial launch of super-heavy launch vehicle Falcon Heavy American aerospace company SpaceX. The launch was to take place a day earlier, but was postponed due to unsuitable weather conditions. Into geostationary orbit the carrier should bring a new communications satellite Arabsat 6A, owned satellite operator in Saudi Arabia, the company Arabsat. The starting mass of the satellite is 6465 kg.
In the third minute from the beginning of the launch side boosters separated from the carrier rocket FH and began a gradual decline.
In the fourth minute was the main separation stage of the rocket, which is also the beginning of the planned reduction and preparation for landing.
After a few minutes the side accelerators produced a successful and almost simultaneously landing on special landing sites Landing Zone 1 and 2 Landing Zone (LZ-1 and LZ-2) companies in the US Air Force Base in Cape Canaveral.
Planting of the main stage Falcon Heavy-rocket was made on an autonomous floating barge "Of Course I Still Love You" ( "Of course, I still love you") in the Atlantic Ocean. At the moment of maximum approach of the main stage with the platform from a few seconds to turn off the overload camera mounted on a floating means. Soon the picture back. As it turned out, landing on a barge also completed successfully. Thus SpaceX the first time in its history, has been able to implement immediately put three Spent boosters.
After half an hour since the start of the second stage has entered the predetermined orbital height, and a few minutes there was a successful separation of the payload in a telecommunications satellite Arabsat 6A.
A live webcast of the launch was held at SpaceX YouTube-channel. Its repetition can be viewed below.
In the course of its leading broadcast told that in the case of the successful landing of the carrier rocket boosters side of their plan to use again in the next commercial mission.
To launch vehicle Falcon Heavy class is only the second run. Recall that the first test launch of super-heavy carrier held February 6, 2018. Then, in the space as a test payload Send private electric Tesla head of SpaceX Elon Musk and sitting behind the wheel of his dummy "Starman". They were sent off to the orbit of Mars. During the first run it was also able to land softly exhaust side accelerators, but the main stage missed by a floating barge.
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