SpaceX launches mega rocket year after debut with sports auto

Falcon Heavy launch delayed again, now targeted for Thursday evening

SpaceX wants to compete with its arch rival in the lucrative business of launching ultra-heavy satellites into space.

Arabsat-6A is a large satellite, weighing 6,460-kilograms.

The Arabsat-6A satellite deployed from the rocket's second-stage about 34 minutes after liftoff. Eastern time from Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The Falcon Heavy has three boosters with 27 Merlin liquid-propellant engines in total, giving it more than 5 million pounds of thrust-the most for a launch since the Saturn V rocket last used for Apollo moon missions in early 1970s. And with a sticker price of $90 million, it is also about a third of the price of its closest competitor, United Launch Alliance's Delta IV Heavy. The roads were also jammed for Wednesday night's launch attempt, which was scuttled by high wind. It will be just the second time a Falcon Heavy soars.

The rocket is expected to be used primarily for U.S. military missions, and to launch spy satellites and hefty commercial telecom satellites. The red Roadster - with a mannequin at the wheel - remains in a solar orbit stretching just past Mars.

"The Falcons have landed", Musk tweeted.

Thousands of people came to SpaceX's launch site in Florida to watch the spectacle.

Part of Falcon Heavy's appeal is the fact that its hardware is reusable.

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.

"Three for three boosters today", a SpaceX webcast commentator said.

The Falcon Heavy's two side boosters landed at SpaceX's Landing Zones 1 and 2 (LZ-1 and LZ-2) at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station while the Falcon Heavy's center core landed on the "Of Course I Still Love You" droneship, which will be stationed in the Atlantic Ocean.

The satellite is created to provide television, internet, telephone, and secure communications to customers in the Middle East. SpaceX CEO Elon Musk said back on April 5 that because this is the first launch of Falcon Heavy's Block 5, the latest and most powerful version of its boosters, they are being "extra cautious". Above all else, Falcon Heavy Flight 2 has demonstrated that SpaceX's super heavy lift rocket is truly ready to offer routine commercial services for customers - both public and private - around the world.

Falcon Heavy is not expected to fly almost as often as its smaller counterpart, which has completed more than 20 missions since last February.

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