SpaceX's Falcon Heavy will now fly on Wednesday, hopefully

11 April, 2019, 00:22 | Author: Bridget Leonard
  • The Arabsat-6A satellite undergoing final testing at Lockheed Martin's Sunnyvale California site

As with all SpaceX launches, this will be a livestreamed event.

As far as what time the launch will happen, the launch window opens at 6:30 p.m.

SpaceX, based in Hawthorne, California, set a company record a year ago with 21 launches for customers. You can watch a live stream of the watch in the video above.

The SpaceX livestreams typically kick off about 15 minutes before the final countdown.

The launch site for tomorrow's flight is Kennedy Space Center's Launch Complex 39A.

After the procedure concluded in the hangar, the rocket was rolled onto the pad for a static test fire ahead of the launch of the Arabsat 6A satellite on April 9. SpaceX aims to pull a more seamless landing when it launches the Arabsat-6A, a 13,200-pound satellite for Arabsat, a Saudi Arabia-based satellite communications company, today. On-board thrusters will be used from that point to put the craft in the required circular orbit 22,300 miles above the equator where communications stations circle in lockstep with Earth's rotation. It will be the Falcon Heavy rocket's second flight, and the first commercial one, after the test in February 2018.


The rocket's launch was watched by millions around the globe, thanks in no small part to SpaceX founder Elon Musk deciding to use a cherry red sports vehicle as the payload cargo. - The second launch of a Falcon Heavy rocket, which had been slated to lift off today, has been rescheduled.

Falcon Heavy's debut flight past year attracted massive attention, in part because CEO Elon Musk chose to launch his own luxury Tesla Roadsteras the test payload.

According to a new tweet by SpaceX, the liftoff is now targeted for 8 p.m. With three first-stage boosters akin to SpaceX's Falcon 9 rockets, the Falcon Heavy boosters, too, are created to fly back to Earth and be reusable. Last year, SpaceX recovered two Falcon Heavy boosters on land but narrowly missed landing the third on a drone ship in the Atlantic Ocean. If that occurs, it will be another history-making moment for SpaceX.

More recently, the Falcon Heavy rocket has entered the conversation for human exploration.

"Its first stage is composed of three Falcon 9 nine-engine cores whose 27 Merlin engines together generate more than 5 million pounds of thrust at liftoff, equal to approximately eighteen 747 aircraft".

The Falcon Heavy made a rousing debut a little more than a year ago, launching from Florida and sending a cherry red Tesla Roadster beyond the orbit of Mars. A standard Falcon Heavy launch costs $90 million, according to the company's website, compared to $62 million for the Falcon 9.

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