Australia  

Celebrating 10 Years of Trusted News Discovery
One News Page
> > >

SpaceX's Falcon Heavy blasts off on first commercial flight

Video Credit: Reuters Studio - Duration: 01:44s - Published < > Embed
SpaceX's Falcon Heavy blasts off on first commercial flight

SpaceX's Falcon Heavy blasts off on first commercial flight

Elon Musk scores another victory with the successful launch of SpaceX's Falcon Heavy - the world's most powerful rocket.

This is the rocket's first commercial mission following a successful test flight last year, and it wowed the crowds with a perfect landing of all three boosters.

Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

0
shares
ShareTweetSavePostSend
 

SpaceX's Falcon Heavy blasts off on first commercial flight

(ROUGH CUT - NO REPORTER NARRATION) The most powerful operational rocket in the world, SpaceX's Falcon Heavy, launched its first commercial mission on Thursday (April 11) from Florida in a key demonstration for billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk's space company in the race to grasp lucrative military launch contracts.

The 23-story-tall Heavy, which previously launched Musk's cherry red Tesla roadster to space in a 2018 debut test flight, blasted off from Florida's Kennedy Space Center carrying its first customer payload.

Roughly three minutes after clearing the pad, Heavy's two side boosters separated from the core rocket for a synchronized landing at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.

The middle booster, after pushing the payload into space, returned nearly 10 minutes later for a successful landing on SpaceX's seafaring drone ship 400 miles (645 km) off the Florida coast.

In the 2018 test mission, Heavy's core booster missed the vessel and crashed into the Atlantic Ocean.

Liftoff with Heavy's new military-certified Falcon 9 boosters was crucial in the race with Boeing-Lockheed venture United Launch Alliance and Jeff Bezos' Blue Origin as Musk's SpaceX, working to flight-prove its rocket fleet one mission at a time, aims to clinch a third of all U.S. National Security Space missions - coveted military contracts worth billions.

The U.S. Air Force tapped SpaceX in 2018 to launch for $130 million a classified military satellite and in February added three more missions in a $297 million contract.

Falcon Heavy carried a communications satellite for Saudi-based telecom firm Arabsat, which will beam internet and television services over Africa, Europe and the Middle East.




You Might Like


Recent related videos from verified sources

SpaceX Lifts 24 Satellites Into Orbit [Video]SpaceX Lifts 24 Satellites Into Orbit

On Tuesday a SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket blasted off from Kennedy Space Center in Florida, putting 24 experimental satellites into orbit after what Elon Musk’s rocket company called one of its “most..

Credit: Wochit     Duration: 00:39Published

SpaceX lifts 24 satellites into orbit [Video]SpaceX lifts 24 satellites into orbit

On Tuesday a SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket blasted off from Kennedy Space Center in Florida, putting 24 experimental satellites into orbit after what Elon Musk’s rocket company called one of its “most..

Credit: Rumble     Duration: 00:39Published

SpaceX launches falcon heavy [Video]SpaceX launches falcon heavy

New York (CNN Business)A SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket, the most powerful launch vehicle in the world, is standing on a pad in Florida ready to make the &quot;most difficult launch&quot; the..

Credit: Rumble     Duration: 00:43Published

SpaceX Rocket Completes Mission With 24 Satellites [Video]SpaceX Rocket Completes Mission With 24 Satellites

Elon Musk’s space exploration company SpaceX has completed its latest mission, launching the Falcon Heavy rocket into orbit for the third time. In what Musk described as their “most difficult..

Credit: HuffPost UK STUDIO     Duration: 00:56Published

Environmentally friendly: One News Page is hosted on servers powered solely by renewable energy
© 2019 One News Page Ltd. All Rights Reserved.
About us  |  Contact us  |  Disclaimer  |  Press Room  |  Terms & Conditions  |  Content Accreditation
 RSS  |  News for my Website  |  Free news search widget  |  In the News  |  DMCA / Content Removal  |  Privacy & Data Protection Policy
How are we doing? FeedbackSend us your feedback  |   LIKE us on Facebook   FOLLOW us on Twitter  •  FOLLOW us on Pinterest
One News® is a registered trademark of One News Page Ltd.