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The SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket lifts off on 11 April
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SpaceX has carried out its first commercial launch of its Falcon Heavy rocket, the world's most powerful rocket in operation.

It carried a communications satellite for Saudi-based telecom firm Arabsat.

Elon Musk's space company SpaceX has two operational rockets - the Falcon 9, which had 21 launches last year, and the Falcon Heavy, which is designed to lift far heavier payloads.

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