SpaceX 1st Commercial Launch of Falcon Heavy Rocket Liftoff is now set on April 10.
|SpaceX Falcon Heavy Rocket|
SpaceX has postponed the launch of its first commercial Falcon Heavy mission from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center (KSC) in Florida to no sooner than Wednesday (April 10).
“Presently focusing on Falcon Heavy launch of Arabsat-6A on Wednesday, April 10 – weather forecast improves to 80% positive,” SpaceX representatives wrote in a Twitter update today (April 9). Liftoff is scheduled for 6:35 p.m. EDT (2235 GMT) from NASA’s historic Pad 39A at Kennedy Space Center (KSC). The launch window extends for just under 2 hr.
SpaceX had been focusing on a launch on today (Tuesday-April-9) at 6:36 p.m. EDT (2236 GMT). The weather forecast for that objective was dismal, with just a 30% shot of good weather at launch time, as indicated by 45th Weather Squadron based at the close-by Cape Canaveral Air Force Station (CCAFS).
|SpaceX Assemble of Falcon Heavy Rocket|
The forthcoming launch will convey the 13,200-lb. (6,000 kilograms) communications satellite Arabsat 6A for the Saudi Arabian company Arabsat. It is the second trip of a Falcon Heavy rocket (SpaceX launched a test flight February 2018) and the 1st commercial mission for the new booster.
Twitter Tweet By SpaceX
SpaceX: “Falcon Heavy’s 27 Merlin engines generate more than 5 million pounds of thrust at liftoff, making it the world’s most powerful operational rocket by a factor of two”
SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy is the most dominant rocket being used today. It consists of three 1st stage boosters based on SpaceX’s workhorse Falcon 9 rockets, which are all designed to fly back to Earth and land for later reuse.
For the time of SpaceX’s first Falcon Heavy flight last year, two of the boosters made a simultaneous arriving on pads at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. The center booster barely missed its very own landing on a SpaceX drone ship in the Atlantic Sea.
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