Publicado: Lun, Abril 15, 2019
Ciencia | Por Aurelio Ontiveros

This Is the Future: SpaceX successfully sends Saudi satellite into orbit

This Is the Future: SpaceX successfully sends Saudi satellite into orbit

Falcon Heavy vaulted a pricey communications satellite into orbit for Saudi Arabia-based Arabsat. It's been over a year since SpaceX sent Elon Musk's Tesla Roadster to space.

Liftoff was scheduled for Wednesday evening from Kennedy Space Center in Florida, but SpaceX postponed the launch.

SpaceX tweeted: "Successful deployment of Arabsat-6A to geosynchronous transfer orbit confirmed-completing Falcon Heavy's first commercial mission!" Another important distinction: All three of the Falcon Heavy boosters returned safely to Earth. It's the most powerful launch vehicle in service right now, and the $90 price tag is about a third of what United Launch Alliance charges for the Delta IV Heavy.

The successful launch and landing were cheered on by USA space agency NASA, which congratulated the California-based rocket manufacturer.

During Falcon Heavy's maiden flight in 2018, its two booster cores made synchronized landings side-by-side in Florida.

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Both rocket fairings from the two Falcons were recovered in the ocean, which the SpaceX boss said will be reused at a later date for future SpaceX missions.

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla., April 11 (UPI) - SpaceX's Falcon Heavy rocket lifted off on schedule at 6:35 p.m. Thursday from Florida's Kennedy Space Center, the second launch for the biggest rocket in use today. The red Roaster - with a mannequin, dubbed Starman, likely still at the wheel - remains in a solar orbit stretching just past Mars.

A couple dozen ground telescopes kept tabs on the auto 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 set a company record a year ago with 21 launches for customers. Before the rocket finally launched more than two years later, Musk suggested to several news outlets, including CNN, that the rocket could explode.

The US Air Force tapped SpaceX in 2018 to launch a classified military satellite, which cost it $US130 million ($182.3 million), and in February added three more missions in a $297 million contract.

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