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SpaceX successfully launches Falcon Heavy rocket

IANS  |  Miami 

SpaceX's Heavy rocket took off from Cape Canaveral, Florida, and successfully completed its first commercial mission by deploying the into a geo-synchronous orbit.

The most powerful operational rocket on the planet took off at 6.35 p.m. on Thursday from the historic 39A launch pad at the Kennedy Space Centre, the same platform that the Moon missions of the Apollo programme were launched from, and then managed to recover for the first time the three 9 rocket parts that make up the device, reports news.

Less than eight minutes after take off, the two boosters landed side by side on Cape Canaveral, while the central core stage landed itself one minute later on the drone ship called "Of Course I Still Love You" in the

This successful landing of the three rocket parts represents a new step in the trajectory of the company, owned by billionaire busineesman Elon Musk, whose policy is to re-use rockets in order to reduce the cost of

Thursday's launch, which had to be postponed from the day before due to weather conditions, is the second since the initial trip in February 2018, when Heavy made a test flight with as dummy payload a electric roadster sent into deep space with a mannequin dressed in a space suit, which they called 'Starman', in the driver's seat.

On that first voyage, however, the core stage failed to land on the Atlantic landing platform and instead plunged into the sea at a speed of more than 480 km per hour.

More than a year later, has now launched the 70-meter-high Falcon Heavy, designed to carry more than 64 metric tonnes of cargo, with the on board.

The 6A is a modern developed by for Arabsat, an organisation founded by the in 1976 to provide to the region.

The modern and innovative satellite, weighing more than 5,900 kilograms, will provide television, radio, internet and throughout Europe, the and Africa, according to

Nearly half an hour after taking off from aboard the Falcon Heavy, the satellite separated from the rocket and was placed in a geo-synchronous orbit where it will remain for years.

With this deployment the Falcon Heavy, created with the goal of sending manned missions to the Moon and Mars, has successfully completed its first commercial mission.

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First Published: Fri, April 12 2019. 09:30 IST
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