SpaceX's Falcon Heavy conducts first commercial flight

Pablo Tucker
December 5, 2019

So, the mission was a success, but the Falcon Heavy itself is much more interesting than another satellite in orbit.

The U.S. Air Force tapped SpaceX in 2018 to launch for $130 million a classified military satellite and in February added three more missions in a $297 million contract.

The Falcon-Heavy rocket was launched at 22:35 (GMT) 11th April 2019, carrying Arabsat 6A satellite, manufactured by Lockheed Martin, to be placed in the exclusive orbit of Arabsat 30.5 degrees East.


SpaceX's reusable designs make the Falcon Heavy an appealing way to get large payloads into space. The side boosters from yesterday's launch are slated to be reused for that mission. Musk replied with three red hearts. Last year's test flight put a sports auto - Musk's own Tesla convertible - into space. It's nearly certainly still in orbit around the sun with a mannequin at the wheel.

A couple dozen ground telescopes kept tabs on the vehicle during its first several days in space, but it gradually faded from view as it headed out toward the orbit of Mars, Giorgini noted.

SpaceX tweeted: "Successful deployment of Arabsat-6A to geosynchronous transfer orbit confirmed-completing Falcon Heavy's first commercial mission!" The boosters for that flight may be recycled from this one.


SpaceX and Boeing Co are vying to send humans to space from US soil for the first time in almost a decade under NASA's Commercial Crew Program.

Bridenstine said everything is on the space table as NASA strives to meet the White House's goal of landing astronauts back on the moon by 2024.

The rocket is getting all the attention, but SpaceX wasn't just launching it for fun.


Until SpaceX came along, boosters were discarded in the ocean after satellite launches. The company is bent on recycling all rocket parts.

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