Photos taken by remote cameras dropped on launch pad 39A show the Falcon Heavy rocket firing at over 5 million pounds on Thursday night.
The triple-core rocket powered by 27 Merlin's main engines was shot down from there Pad 39A at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida at 18:35 EDT (2235 GMT) Thursday, heading east across the Atlantic with the Arabsat communications satellite 6A.
The launch of Thursday was the second for SpaceX's Falcon Heavy and the Mammoth Launcher's first flight for a paying customer. Two and a half minutes after taking off, the Falcon Heavy's two side boosters broke away and returned Cape Canaveral for nearly simultaneous landings in the SpaceX® landings about 15 kilometers south of Pad 39A at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station
The core phase of the SpaceX drone ship in the Atlantic Ocean was located more than 600 miles (nearly 1,000 kilometers) from Florida's Space Coast, while the second stage with Arabsat 6A went into orbit.
These photos show the fiery Blake of the Falcon Heavys of Pad 39A and the landings of the rocket's two side boosters a few minutes later.
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