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Falcon Heavy Rocket successfully Launched by SpaceX

SpaceX's Falcon Heavy rocket took off from Cape Canaveral, Florida, and successfully completed its first commercial mission by deploying the communications satellite Arabsat-6A into a geo-synchronous orbit.
Falcon Heavy Rocket successfully Launched by SpaceX

Details:

  • The most powerful operational rocket on the planet took off from the historic 39A launch pad at the Kennedy Space Centre.
  • It is the same platform that the Moon missions of the Apollo programme were launched from.
  • It then managed to recover for the first time the three Falcon 9 rocket parts that make up the device.
  • Less than eight minutes after take off, the two boosters landed side by side on Cape Canaveral, while the central core stage landed itself one minute later on the drone ship called "Of Course I Still Love You" in the Atlantic Ocean.

One must know:

  • This successful landing of the three rocket parts represents a new step in the trajectory of the company, owned by billionaire busineesman Elon Musk, whose policy is to re-use rockets in order to reduce the cost of space travel.
  • With this deployment the Falcon Heavy, created with the goal of sending manned missions to the Moon and Mars, has successfully completed its first commercial mission.

About the Arabsat-6A satellite:

  • SpaceX launched the 70-meter-high Falcon Heavy, designed to carry more than 64 metric tonnes of cargo, with the Arabsat-6A on board.
  • The modern and innovative satellite, weighing more than 5,900 kilograms, will provide television, radio, internet and mobile communication services throughout Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

Question:

Q. Which rocket from SpaceX successfully completed its first commercial mission by deploying the communications satellite Arabsat-6A into a geo-synchronous orbit?
a. Falcon Heavy
b. Falcon Giant
c. Falcon Mount
d. Falcon Great
Falcon Heavy Rocket successfully Launched by SpaceX Falcon Heavy Rocket successfully Launched by SpaceX Reviewed by Neha on April 14, 2019 Rating: 5

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