SpaceX successfully launches Falcon Heavy rocket into space Sunday

SpaceX successfully launched its Falcon Heavy rocket's Viasat-3 Americas mission Sunday night, after having to scrub the launch multiple times last week. 

The Falcon Heavy rocket's Viasat-3 Americas Mission launched at 8:26 p.m. Sunday. Viasat-3 is expected to be the world's highest-capacity satellite and will be the largest all-electric satellite to ever be launched. 

After Thursday's inclement weather delayed the launch of the Falcon Heavy, SpaceX said it would try again on Friday night, just a few hours removed from another launch of a Falcon 9 at an adjacent launch pad. But the launch was aborted with seconds remaining, and no reason was immediately given. 

The Falcon Heavy sits at Kennedy Space Center's Launch Pad 39A, which was struck by lightning during Thursday night's storms (see photo below).  In a tweet, SpaceX said the rocket and tower were inspected, and "all systems are looking good."

On Friday, SpaceX successfully launched its Falcon 9 rocket into orbit at 6 p.m. The rocket carried the SES O3b mPOWER mission into medium-Earth orbit.  The rocket soared through a cloud deck after lifting off from Space Launch Complex 40 (SLC-40) at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station.