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victory for SpaceX at Florida's Kennedy Space Center on Thursday is the world's most powerful rocket in operation the falcon heavy blasted off on its first commercial mission the launches a feather in the cap of billionaire entrepreneur Ilan mosque who's working to flight prove SpaceX's rocket fleet one mission at a time the twenty three story tall falcon heavy was first tested in twenty eighteen carrying masks cherry red Tesla roadster this time its payload is a bit more Monday in a Saudi Arabian satellite for internet and TV however the stakes are high for musk he's competing with the likes of Boeing Lockheed's venture United launch alliance and Jeff Bezos blue origin in the race for valuable military launch contracts he aims to clinch a third of all US national security space missions contracts worth billions of dollars Thursday's launch seem to be a step in the right direction , three minutes after clearing the launch pad the rockets to side booster separated successfully from the core , the middle booster which pushed the payload into space was the last to detach , three pulled off perfect landings decide boosters touching down at a nearby landing pad , he was an improvement from last year's test mission with the Middle booster missed its target and crashed into the Atlantic Ocean