Friday, 19 April, 2019

How to watch SpaceX Falcon Heavy's historic first commercial launch

SpaceX Falcon Heavy Block 5 Rocket, Unveiled In The First Official Image SpaceX's Falcon Heavy launch postponed again, rescheduled to Wednesday
Cary Marshall | 10 April, 2019, 14:06

The Falcon Heavy megarocket, the most powerful booster now in use, is set to launch the Arabsat-6A communications satelliteinto orbit from NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida today at 6:35 p.m. EDT (2235 GMT).

Over the weekend, preparations for the rocket's second ever launch into space continued in a hangar near the Launch Complex 39A, and this time SpaceX chose to give the world a sneak peek into how the monstrous machine comes together.

This might be the second flight for SpaceX's Falcon Heavy rocket but it's still a major "first" for the company in a number of ways.

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.

SpaceX's Falcon Heavy will launch on its first commercial flight tomorrow. In its first-ever commercial launch, Falcon Heavy will deliver the Arabsat-6A into orbit, marking a new business milestone for the company and further cementing it as the leader in commercial spaceflight. Ranging from multiple sonic booms that will be audible for miles up and down the Florida coast and the potential for a spectacular Florida sunset as a backdrop, Falcon Heavy's second launch will be an event worth watching. Altogether, Falcon Heavy likely weighs upwards of 80,000 kg (175,000 lb) empty and more than 1,420 metric tons (3,125,000 lb) when fully fueled.

Elon Musk's star reusable launch system comprises three Falcon 9 nine-engine cores capable of generating more than 5 million pounds of thrust at liftoff.

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According to SpaceX, this is more than 18 Boeing 747 aeroplanes at liftoff.

The only time the Falcon Heavy flew until this week was in February 2018, when alongside a variety of other cargo the rocket carried a Tesla Roadster to space.

"Booster mate inside SpaceX's hangar at LC-39A ahead of Falcon Heavy's static fire yesterday", said SpaceX on Twitter.

The launch is expected to bring crowds of spectators to the Titusville and Cocoa Beach areas to see what is now the world's tallest and most powerful rocket.

The rocket company said: "Falcon Heavy draws upon the proven heritage and reliability of Falcon 9".

The Falcon Heavy will carry the Arabsat-6A satellite owned by Arabsat and the King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology.

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