Twitch streamers capture awesome footage of SpaceX rocket landing

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

The job is to place the six-tonne Arabsat-6A satellite into geostationary orbit about 36,000km above the Earth.

The Falcon Heavy's liftoff from Launch Complex 39A at NASA's Kennedy Space Center created a spectacle, just as it did during the maiden launch. SpaceX engineers accomplished this secondary goal in spectacular fashion today, landing the two side boosters at the nearby Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. The Falcon Heavy's main booster to make a hard landing at sea - on a ship positioned hundreds of miles offshore in the Atlantic Ocean.

"The Falcons have landed" Musk wrote on Twitter, inaugurating the first successful recovery of all three rocket boosters, which will be refurbished and re-fly in another Falcon Heavy mission this summer to carry a swarm of military and science satellites for the Air Force. The satellite is meant to provide Internet and mobile phone services for customers in Europe, Africa, and the Middle East.

Because this was an upgraded version of the rocket with unproven changes, SpaceX chief executive Elon Musk cautioned in advance that things might go wrong.

SpaceX tried to launch the Falcon Heavy rocket on Wednesday, however, high winds forced the company to push the liftoff window to Thursday, April 11.

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NASA offered swift congratulations, tweeting: "From our iconic launch pads at @NASAKennedy, we will continue to support the growing commercial space economy". For its first flight, the Falcon Heavy rocket ferried SpaceX CEO Elon Musk's cherry-red Tesla Roadster and a dummy named Starman to Mars. With an individual price of $6 million per, SpaceX plans to reuse these in for a Starlink mission at a later date.

Those on the ground likely viewed the mission by the sound it generated.

When the Falcon boosters return, the two side boosters descend together, side-by-side - coming back to their own landing zones as if you had been watching the flight on rewind. The boosters for that flight may be recycled from this one.

Weather in the Atlantic is now about as good as could be expected, with minimal waves and low winds, excellent conditions for the safe recovery of Falcon Heavy's center core - likely B1055 - and Version 2 payload fairing halves.

The satellite was safely deployed in orbit just more than half-hour after launch, giving SpaceX a flawless launch.


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