After a day's delay due to strong winds at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, Falcon Heavy lifted off at 6:35 p.m. EDT under clear skies and tolerable winds. Eight minutes after takeoff, SpaceX landed two of the first-stage boosters side-by-side back at the Florida site, while the core booster landed two minutes later on an ocean platform offshore, Fox News noted.
In the 2018 test mission, Falcon Heavy's core booster missed the vessel and crashed into the Atlantic Ocean. It was the first time the company had landed all three boosters for Falcon Heavy.
The satellite SpaceX will launch on Wednesday will update satellite coverage for Arabsat, which is based in Riyadh and delivers hundreds of television channels and radio stations to homes across the Middle East and North Africa.
During Falcon Heavy Flight 1, the rocket's center core - B1032 - was destroyed when a failure to reignite its landing Merlin 1D engines resulted in the booster slamming into the ocean at more than 300 miles per hour (~500 km/h).
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Note that the successful launch of the Falcon Heavy will open for USA new opportunities. Then, as it launched, all of this energy poured forth from 27 engines in a meticulously controlled explosion for the objective of sending a 6-ton satellite into geostationary orbit. Last year's test flight put a sports car-Musk's own Tesla convertible-into space.
The Roadster is thought to be on the other side of the sun from us right now, about three-quarters of the way around its first solar orbit, said senior analyst at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, Jon Giorgini.
Those on the ground likely viewed the mission by the sound it generated. Pad 39A is the launch pad that played host to the historic Apollo missions as well as NASA's Space Shuttle program.
SpaceX will now get to work on refurbishing the three boosters in preparation for another flight in June or July.
Almost half an hour after taking off from Cape Canaveral aboard the Falcon Heavy, the satellite separated from the rocket and was placed in a geo-synchronous orbit where it will remain for years.