Watch live: SpaceX to try launching Falcon Heavy, the world's most powerful operational rocket, on its first paid mission

Business Insider | 2/6/2018 | Dave Mosher
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SpaceX, the aerospace company founded by Elon Musk, plans to launch Falcon Heavy for the second time on Thursday.

Falcon Heavy, a three-booster vehicle, is currently the world's most powerful operational rocket.

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Instead of a Tesla electric car destined for deep-space, Falcon Heavy will try launching its first commercial payload: a satellite called Arabsat-6A.

SpaceX is broadcasting live video of its launch attempt on YouTube starting around 6:15 p.m. EDT.

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SpaceX's behemoth Falcon Heavy rocket will attempt to go commercial on Thursday with the launch of Arabsat-6A, and you can watch the historic launch live online.

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Falcon Heavy stands about 230 feet tall and is the world's most powerful operational rocket. The vehicle lifted off the first time on February 6, 2018, propelling one of company founder Elon Musk's Tesla Roadster electric cars beyond the orbit of Mars.

"Life cannot just be about solving one sad problem after another," Musk said after the experimental launch. "There need to be things that inspire you, that make you glad to wake up in the morning and be part of humanity. That is why we did it. We did for you."

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The launch was also a $500 million advertisement: SpaceX proved that its powerful new three-booster launch vehicle worked, attracting a suite of customers that included the Department of Defense and the Arab Satellite Communications Organization, or Arabsat — a Saudi Arabian satellite operator.

Arabsat-6A is a roughly 13,200-pound satellite built by Lockheed Martin. It's designed to "deliver television, radio, Internet, and mobile communications to customers in...
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