Most powerful rocket takes off on first paid mission

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"T plus 33 seconds into flight, under the power of 5.1 million pounds (2.2 million kg) of thrust, Falcon Heavy is headed to space", SpaceX launch commentator John Insprucker said on a livestream.

The most powerful operational rocket in the world, SpaceX's Falcon Heavy, launched its first commercial mission on April 11, from Florida in a key demonstration for billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk's space company in the race to grasp lucrative military launch contracts. The rocket launched with a cherry-red Tesla Roadster and a mannequin passenger, dubbed Starman, sitting in the driver's seat.

SpaceX is in the business of sending items to space, and Thursday, it launched its first paid mission. Two Starlink test satellites were launched previous year and the company hopes to launch the next set in the coming months using a Falcon 9 rocket.

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About two minutes later, its center core landed successfully on the "Of Course I Still Love You" droneship in the Atlantic Ocean.

When the Falcon Heavy first launched, it had very few commercial customers.

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The total cost of one of its Falcon 9 launches is estimated to reach £44 million ($61m), while each of its larger Falcon Heavy flights costs £65 million ($90m). The colossal rocket with its trio of boosters speeding into the sky was an awe-inspiring sight, and it was made even better when both of the side boosters made simultaneous landings back on Earth.

The success of the Falcon Heavy is also paramount considering NASA's recent announcement that this rocket system could be used as a backup for future missions to the Moon, should the SLS not be ready in time.

During its first Falcon Heavy launch in February 2018, the firm landed two of the firms side boosters simultaneously on separate launchpads.

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Takeoff is scheduled for 6:35PM ET from Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida. Weather is looking good for a launch so far, with a 90 percent chance that conditions will be favorable, according to the 45th Space Wing. Check back then to see if SpaceX can pull off a triple landing this time.

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