From launch complex LC-39A, Kennedy Space center, belonging to NASA, the first successful commercial launch of superheavy carrier rocket, the Falcon Heavy, the American aerospace company SpaceX. The launch was to take place a day earlier, but was postponed due to unsuitable weather conditions. In geostationary orbit, the media should bring new communications satellite Arabsat 6A, owned by satellite operator from Saudi Arabia, Arabsat company. Launch mass of the satellite is 6465 kg.
In the third minute from the beginning of the launch the side boosters separated from the launch vehicle FH and began a gradual decline.
In the fourth minute there was a separation of the main stage of the rocket, which is also the start of the planned reduction and preparation for landing.
In a few minutes the side boosters made a successful and almost simultaneous landing on a special landing sites, Landing Zone 1 and Landing Zone 2 (LZ-1 and LZ-2) of the company on a U.S. air force Base at Cape Canaveral.
Landing the main stage of the carrier rocket, the Falcon Heavy is made on the Autonomous barge “Of Course I Still Love You” (“of Course, I still love you”) in the Atlantic ocean. At the moment of maximum convergence of the main stage platform overload for a few seconds turned off the camera mounted on the craft. Soon the picture came back. As it turned out, landing on the barge is also completed successfully. So SpaceX is the first time in its history, could carry out to put three exhaust accelerator.
Half an hour later since the launch of the second stage went out into the desired orbital altitude, and after a few minutes there was successful separation of the payload in the form of a telecommunication satellite Arabsat 6A.
Live webcast launch was conducted on YouTube channel SpaceX. Its replay can be viewed below.
During the broadcast of its presenters said that in the case of a successful landing boosters booster plan to use them again in the next commercial mission.
For the booster class, the Falcon Heavy is only the second launch. Recall that the first test launch of superheavy carrier was held on 6 February 2018. Then in the space as a test payload went personal Tesla car SpaceX head Elon musk and sitting at the wheel dummy “Starman”. They were sent somewhere into the orbit of Mars. During the first run also was able to gently put the exhaust side boosters, but the main stage missed floating barges.
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