SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket successfully launches; 3 boosters land for first time

SpaceX successfully launched its Falcon Heavy rocket from Cape Canaveral Thursday evening and nailed all three booster return landings, two at the launch site and the center booster on a droneship.

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The launch window had been pushed back several times since Sunday as Falcon Heavy readied for its first commercial mission taking a Saudi Arabian communications satellite, Arabsat-6A, into orbit, but conditions were perfect for a lift off Thursday.

SpaceX is celebrating the successful twin landing of the two first-stage rocket boosters at Landing Zones 1 and 2 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.

The third center core booster also made a perfect landing on SpaceX’s drone ship, Of Course I Still Love You, stationed off the coast in the Atlantic Ocean.

The aerospace company has previously landed 12 first-stage boosters on land, including the two boosters that touched down nearly simultaneously during Falcon Heavy’s first launch in a demonstration flight in February 2018.

“This is 50 to 60 tons to orbit for a fixed price of $90 million. That's a real game-changer,” said Dale Ketcham, with Space Florida. “The first one was for show, classic Elon, we're going to put a red Tesla in orbit around Mars. But that was for show. This one is for business, which is also classic Elon.” contributed to this report.

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