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Enlarge Image The SpaceX Falcon Heavy sits on the launchpad in Florida.                  SpaceX

More than a year later, SpaceX has now launched the 70-meter-high Falcon Heavy, created to carry more than 64 metric tonnes of cargo, with the Arabsat-6A on board.

The massive Falcon Heavy rocket was tested successfully in 2018 when it managed to carry a red Tesla roadster to space.

Space X has successfully launched its Falcon Heavy rocket, deemed to be the most robust operational rocket used in a commercial mission.

Roughly three minutes after clearing the launch pad, Falcon Heavy's two side boosters separated from the core rocket for a synchronised landing at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, just like it did for the rocket's debut a year ago.

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Falcon Heavy carried a communications satellite forSaudi-based telecom firm Arabsat, which will beam internet and television services over Africa, Europe and the Middle East. It was the first time the company had landed all three boosters for Falcon Heavy.

"The Falcons have landed", Musk said in a tweet that included pictures of all three boosters.

In its response, Russia's rocket and space corporation energia had announced its plans to build a super-heavy-lift launch vehicle with help of existing components in 2016. A couple of hours after Thursday's launch, SpaceX founder Elon Musk shared two photos of the fairing halves that encapsulated the Arabsat-6A satellite. As with the first Falcon Heavy mission in February 2018, the two side cores made a side-by-side landing along the Florida coast.

A SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket carrying a communication satellite lifts off from pad 39A at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Fla., Thursday, April 11, 2019.

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"I don't think we saw really anything in the mission so far-we've got to do the data reviews-that would preclude us from having a crewed mission later this year", Stich said.

So, the mission was a success, but the Falcon Heavy itself is much more interesting than another satellite in orbit. This was a success following SpaceX's water landing in a similar maneuver previous year.

Until SpaceX came along, boosters were discarded in the ocean after satellite launches. Before the rocket finally launched more than two years later, Musk suggested to several news outlets, including CNN, that the rocket could explode.

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