The Falcon Heavy is currently the world's largest launcher. With her, Elon Musk wants to transport heavier loads even further into space than before. The first test flight took place in February of this year. At that time, the rocket brought a red Tesla for marketing purposes into space . Yesterday's Thursday was the next test for the Falcon Heavy: The first commercial order. Specifically, a Saudi Arabian communications satellite called Arabsat 6A had to be launched into space. Originally, the launch should take place already on Wednesday. Too strong winds, however, caused a delay by one day. Meanwhile, the flight was successfully completed.
The satellite was exposed at a height of 36,000 kilometers
That this is not a matter of course, shows another story from yesterday: The attempt to land a privately financed Israeli probe on the moon, failed at the last minute . Aerospace is therefore always associated with great uncertainties. SpaceX was able to announce a double success. First, the satellite was successfully deployed in an orbit at a height of 36,000 kilometers above the Earth. It is intended to broadcast television and other communications signals in Africa, Europe and the Middle East. On the other hand, all three reusable parts of the rocket have returned to Earth unscathed. Two boosters were collected ashore, one landed on a floating platform off the Florida coast.
SpaceX is the leading US private space company
Through the multiple use of the drive stages, the company wants to save costs and be able to offer the transport of loads into space cheaper. For customers, the concept seems to arrive well. In addition to the US Army, numerous private companies have already booked flights with the Falcon Heavy. SpaceX could thus further expand its supremacy in the US market. Since 2012, the company has been transporting goods to the international space station with the Falcon 9. With a total of 21 missile launches last year alone, SpaceX was also at the top of all US private space companies. But the plans of the company go far beyond that: In future, people should be brought to Mars .
Via: Business Insider