SpaceX's First Falcon Heavy Launch for Paying Customers

Falcon Heavy launch delayed again, now targeted for Thursday evening

SpaceX accomplished its primary mission of launching the Arabsat-6A telecommunication satellite late this afternoon from famed Launch Complex 39A at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

Elon Musk's SpaceX launched Falcon Heavy-its massive, heavy-lift rocket-for its first paying customer, more than a year after its debut demonstration mission in February 2018. About eight minutes after liftoff, the rocket's two side boosters came back to nearby Cape Canaveral Air Force Station for simultaneous side-by-side landings. Although SpaceX has made "many good design improvements" from the rocket that launched 14 months ago, Musk said there is a 5 to 10 percent chance of failure with this mission.

SpaceX said it would try again Thursday evening. Last year's test flight put a sports auto - Musk's own Tesla - convertible into space. But the middle booster missed a seaborne platform it was created to land on, and instead splashed into the ocean.

Nearby beaches and other prime viewing spots were packed with tourists and locals eager to catch not just the launch but the rare and dramatic return of twin boosters, accompanied by sonic booms. Much of the focus this year is on the first flight with humans on board: SpaceX and Boeing Co. have contracts with NASA to ferry American astronauts to the International Space Station as part of the agency's Commercial Crew program. The roads were also jammed for Wednesday night's launch attempt, which was scuttled by high wind.

"The Falcons have landed", Musk tweeted. SpaceX employees at company headquarters in Southern California cheered every launch milestone and especially the three touchdowns.

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Since then, the USA military and private clients have signed contracts for Falcon Heavy launches, and NASA has raised the possibility it may use the rocket for its planned missions to the Moon.

In Falcon Heavy's first launch, in February 2018, a dummy dubbed Starman was placed behind the wheel of Musk's roadster, which is now orbiting the Sun somewhere between Earth and Mars.

However, with Musk's company intent on driving down launch costs by recycling rocket parts, the boosters for this flight may be re-used for future missions.

It consists of the equivalent of three Falcon 9 rockets combined, tripling its thrust. The Falcon Heavy is essentially three of those single rockets strapped together.

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