WATCH REPLAY: SpaceX Launches Falcon Heavy Rocket With More Than 5 Million Pounds of Thrust Sunday from Kennedy Space Center

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Powered by 27 Merlin engines in three strapped-together Falcon 9 first-stage boosters

WATCH REPLAY: SpaceX launched a Falcon Heavy rocket Sunday from Pad 39A at the Kennedy Space Center atop more than 5 million pounds of thrust and carrying an internet satellite, the first of three next-generation data relay stations capable of terabyte-per-second performance.

ABOVE VIDEO: SpaceX launched a Falcon Heavy rocket Sunday from Pad 39A at the Kennedy Space Center atop more than 5 million pounds of thrust and carrying an internet satellite, the first of three next-generation data relay stations capable of terabyte-per-second performance.

BREVARD COUNTY • CAPE CANAVERAL, FLORIDA – SpaceX launched a Falcon Heavy rocket Sunday from Pad 39A at the Kennedy Space Center atop more than 5 million pounds of thrust and carrying an internet satellite, the first of three next-generation data relay stations capable of terabyte-per-second performance.

After an hour-long delay because of high winds, SpaceX’s most powerful operational rocket lifted off at 8:26 p.m. EDT.

Powered by 27 Merlin engines in three strapped-together Falcon 9 first-stage boosters, it put on a spectacular early-evening show for area residents and tourists.

SpaceX launched 46 of its own low-altitude Starlink internet satellites from Vandenberg Space Force Base in California on Thursday and then launched two medium-altitude broadband satellites for Luxembourg-based SES from the Cape Canaveral Space Force Station on Friday.

The Starlink satellites are part of a fast-growing constellation of small, low-altitude laser-linked satellites designed, built and operated by SpaceX to provide high-speed, low-latency internet to users anywhere in the world.

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