The 23-story Heavy, which had previously launched Musk's cherry-red Tesla Roadster on a debut test flight in 2018, launched the first customer payload from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida.
"For 33 seconds in the air, with a force of 5.1 million pounds of thrust, Falcon Heavy flies into space," said John Insprucker, the SpaceX campaign commentator, on a livestream.
About three minutes after clearing the upholstery, Heavy's two side boosters separated from the core rocket for a synchronized landing at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, giving pleasure to SpaceX engineers at California headquarters in the Hawthorne headquarters in California.
After pushing the payload into space, the middle booster returned almost ten minutes later for a successful landing on the SpaceX Mariner drone ship (645 miles) off the coast of Florida. In the test mission 2018 missed the core booster of Heavy the ship and crashed into the Atlantic.
"The Falcons have landed," Musk wrote on Twitter, opening the first successful recovery of all three rocket boosters to be refurbished this summer on another Falcon Heavy mission to a swarm of military and science satellites carry The Air Force.
Lifting with new Military-certified Falcon 9 engines from Heavey was key to the race with Boeing-Lockheed company United Launch Alliance and Jeff Bezos & # 39; Blue Origin as Musk's SpaceX, The objective of its mission is to reach one-third of all US National Security Space missions at one time – coveted billions in military operations.
The US Air Force used the SpaceX in 2018 to launch a classified military satellite for $ 130 million, adding three more missions in February in a $ 297 million contract.
SpaceX and Boeing Co are trying to send people from the US into space for the first time in almost ten years as part of NASA's commercial crew program. SpaceX's Crew Dragon capsule on a Falcon 9 rocket completed its first unmanned test flight in March prior to its crew scheduled for July. The first unmanned test for Boeing's Starliner capsule is scheduled for August on the ULA Atlas 5 rocket.
Falcon Heavy had a communications satellite for Saudi Arabia-based telecommunications company Arabsat, which broadcasts Internet and television services across Africa, Europe and the Middle East.
Privately held SpaceX, also known as Space Exploration Technologies Corp. known, was founded in 2002 by Musk, who is also co-founder of electric vehicle manufacturer Tesla Inc.
(Reporting by Joey Roulette, Editing by Lisa Shumaker)