Roughly three minutes after clearing the pad, Heavy's two side boosters separated from the core rocket for a synchronized landing at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, sparking boisterous cheers from SpaceX engineers in the company's Hawthorne, California headquarters.
Arabsat-6A saw all three FH first stages land safely.
SpaceX's mission was to deploy Arabsat-6A, a high-capacity telecommunications satellite that will deliver television, radio, Internet and mobile communications to customers in the Middle East, Africa and Europe, according to a press kit.
SpaceX and Boeing Co are vying to send humans to space from US soil for the first time in almost a decade under NASA's Commercial Crew Program.
The SpaceX launch blasted off on Thursday with the Falcon Heavy carrying a 6,000kg Saudi Arabian communications satellite into orbit. The second-ever launch of the Falcon Heavy rocket was supposed to happen on Sunday, and then again on Tuesday, and yet again on Wednesday. The center stage failed to reignite all its engines and hit the ocean at more than 300 miles per hour.
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To facilitate this, the two side boosters will attempt to land back at SpaceX's Landing Zones 1 and 2 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, while the center core will attempt to land on the Of Course I Still Love You drone ship in the Atlantic Ocean.
The successful launch and landing were cheered on by U.S. space agency NASA, which congratulated the California-based rocket manufacturer. SpaceX landed all three booster cores for a recovery rate of 100 percent. These rockets are optimized for reusability, offering quicker turnarounds for refurbishment and re-flight.
The launch of Arabsat-6A was only the second flight for the Falcon Heavy launch vehicle.
High wind speeds far above the ground were responsible for derailing yesterday's launch, and we won't know for sure whether things are calm enough for a launch until SpaceX makes the call. Its initial test flight, conducted in February of 2018, sent the Tesla Roadster that belonged to the company's CEO and Founder, Elon Musk sent into a heliocentric orbit.