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In pictures: SpaceX Falcon Heavy completed its first paying customer launch

The rocket carried a Saudi Arabian satellite operated by Arabsat, a year after sending SpaceX founder Elon Musk's slick red Tesla roadster into orbit as a test. The satellite is designed to provide television, internet, telephone, and secure communications to customers in the Middle East.

In pictures: SpaceX Falcon Heavy completed its first paying customer launch
Elon Musk’s SpaceX carried out its first commercial launch on Thursday with its Falcon Heavy rocket easing a Saudi telecoms satellite into orbit.
In pictures: SpaceX Falcon Heavy completed its first paying customer launch
The Falcon Heavy rocket exerts 5.1 million pounds of thrust -- that of more than a dozen jetliners.
In pictures: SpaceX Falcon Heavy completed its first paying customer launch
SpaceX Falcon Heavy side booster rockets landed safely back on pads at Cape Canaveral.
In pictures: SpaceX Falcon Heavy completed its first paying customer launch
The job was to place the six-ton Arabsat-6A satellite into geostationary orbit about 22,500 miles (36,000 kilometers) above the Earth.
In pictures: SpaceX Falcon Heavy completed its first paying customer launch
SpaceX Falcon Heavy side booster rockets landed safely back on pads at Cape Canaveral.
In pictures: SpaceX Falcon Heavy completed its first paying customer launch
The SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket is seen after it left launch pad 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida.