Falcon Heavy ready for its second attempt at a second flight

Eight minutes after liftoff SpaceX lands two of the first-stage boosters side by side at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral Fla. Thursday

A SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket carrying a communication satellite lifts off from pad 39A at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Fla., Thursday, April 11, 2019.

This will be the Falcon Heavy rocket's second flight, following a successful first launch in February 2018, during which the company famously flung Elon Musk's cherry red Tesla Roadster into deep space.

The Falcon Heavy central core booster lands on a drone ship stationed hundreds of miles out in the Atlantic Ocean.

But the takeoff also demonstrated, for the first time, that all three of the craft's reusable rockets could successfully pilot themselves back to Earth outside of a testing scenario.

SpaceX has delayed the launch of its newest mega rocket because of dangerously high wind. When Arabsat announced the contracts in 2015, it said at the time that it planned to launch the Arabsat 6A satellite aboard Falcon Heavy.

SpaceX has two operational rockets: the Falcon 9, which with 21 launches in 2018 dominates the USA market, and the Falcon Heavy, which as its name suggests is created to lift much heavier payloads into more distant orbits.

Until SpaceX came along, boosters were discarded in the ocean after satellite launches. "Three for three boosters today on Falcon Heavy, what an wonderful accomplishment".

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The Roadster is thought to be on the other side of the sun from us right now, about three-quarters of the way around its first solar orbit, said senior analyst at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, Jon Giorgini. With only one successful Falcon Heavy launch under its belt, SpaceX would rather not have to delay this second flight again, but safety is a top priority.

Since then, the United States 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.

SpaceX typically launches Falcon 9 rockets.

The satellite aims to provide communications to people in the Middle East, Africa, and Europe.

Musk's casual mentions of a potential explosion spooked Arabsat executives, according to Bloomberg.

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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