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SpaceX Launches Falcon Heavy for its First Commercial Flight

siliconreview SpaceX Launches Falcon Heavy for its First Commercial Flight

SpaceX has launched a new mission to space on Thursday. The company’s and the world’s most powerful operational rocket, Falcon Heavy took off from Kennedy Space Center in Florida to mark its debut in commercial missions.

Earlier in 2018, the 23-story-tall-heavy rocket launched the company’s cherry red Tesla roadster to space and this time, it has carried its first customer payload to space. Once the rocket cleared the pads, Falcon Heavy’s two side’s boosters were detached from the core rocket for a coordinated landing at the Air Force station in Cape Canaveral, Florida.

The company’s engineers who were present in California cheered after the mission was successful.

The rocket’s middle booster returned back after successfully launching the payload. It took 10 minutes for the launch and finally, the landing took place at the company’s seafaring drone ship located 400 miles off the Florida coast.

During the previous test mission in 2018, the core booster of Falcon Heavy missed the vessel and crashed into the Atlantic.

Last year, the company was approached by the U.S. Air Force to launch a classified military satellite for $130 million and later in February this year, the company added three more missions under its contract worth $297 million.

Falcon Heavy has also launched a communication satellite for Arabsat earlier. Arabsat is a telecommunication company headquartered in Saudi Arabia.  The launch will beam TV and internet services across the Middle East, Africa, and Europe.

SpaceX was incorporated in the year 2002 by Elon Musk, who is also the founder of Tesla Inc, anelectrical manufacturing company.