A launch vehicle Falcon Heavy with a Saudi satellite Arabsat 6A was launched from the site of the cosmodrome on Cape Canaveral in the US state of Florida. This is only the second launch of this type of missile in history. The live broadcast was conducted on the official SpaceX website.
After 2 minutes 39 seconds after the launch, when the rocket was at an altitude of 59 kilometers, two side accelerators separated, and a minute later, at an altitude of 106 kilometers, the first stage was dropped, which would be placed on a specially prepared platform in the waters of the Atlantic Ocean.
The Arabsat 6A satellite, manufactured by Lockheed Martin, which has a mass of six tons, went into orbit and will be engaged in signal transmission for the territories of the Middle East and northern Africa.
The debut launch of the new Falcon Heavy rocket occurred in February last year. At that time, she brought into space an Tesla Roadster electric car that belonged to SpaceX head Ilon Mask. The car flew on the way to the Red Planet, and the mannequin sitting in the driver’s seat was “driving” it.
Falcon Heavy is now considered the most powerful rocket of all. With its 27 engines, it lifts cargoes weighing up to 64 tons into space. The important point is the possibility of reusing the first stage and side accelerators, on which the company saves about $ 100 million each time.
As reported by CNN broadcasters, Falcon Heavy will be used to launch reconnaissance satellites and communications equipment into orbit. Although this rocket was originally created for manned missions, including in the future for the lunar and Martian, but then Ilon Musk changed the decision on the use of his next creation.