The powerful Falcon Heavy rocket, from US company SpaceX, It took off Thursday from Cape Canaveral (Florida) and successfully completed its first commercial mission by placing the Arabsat 6A communications satellite into orbit.
The most powerful operational rocket on the planet took off at 6.35 in the afternoon, local time (22.35 GMT) from the historic platform 39A Kennedy Space Center, the same as the launch of lunar missions Apollo program, and managed to recover for the first time the three Falcon 9 rockets that make up the artifact.
Less than eight minutes after taking off, the two side propulsives returned to the ground in a US Air Force esplanade in the Cape Canaveral complex, while the central one did the same a minute later on a platform placed in the Atlantic Ocean.
The landing of the three propellers is a new step in the path of the firm, owned by tycoon Elon Musk, whose policy is to reuse rockets in order to reduce the cost of space travel.
The launch of this Thursday, after being postponed the previous day due to weather conditions, is the second since the initial trip in February 2018, when The Falcon Heavy made a test flight in which he released in space a convertible Tesla brand car with a mannequin dressed in space suit, which they called Starman.
On that maiden voyage, however, the central propeller failed to land on the platform in the Atlantic, called "Of course I still love you," and it fell into the sea at a speed of more than 480 kilometers per hour.
More than a year later, Space X has launched the 70-meter-high Falcon Heavy and designed to carry more than 64 metric tons of cargo, with the Arabsat 6A on board, a modern communications satellite developed by the Lockheed Martin company. Arabsat, an organization founded by the Arab League in 1976 with the aim of providing telecommunications services to this region.
The modern and innovative satellite, weighing more than 5,900 kilos (13,000 pounds), will provide television, radio, internet and mobile communications services throughout Europe, the Middle East and Africa, according to the space transport company.
Almost half an hour after taking off from Cape Canaveral aboard the Falcon Heavy, the satellite finally separated from the rocket and was put into the geosynchronous orbit in which it will continue for the next few years.
In this way, Falcon Heavy, created with the goal of sending manned missions to the Moon and Mars, has successfully completed its first commercial mission.