SpaceX's Falcon Heavy launch postponed again, rescheduled to Wednesday

James Marshall
April 9, 2019

Weather permitting, the Falcon Heavy will take off on its first commercial voyage on Wednesday, April 10. The launch window will remain open until 8:35 p.m.

While the launch was initially planned for 9 April, weather on the day wasn't conducive for the launch, which has now been moved to 10 April at 10.35 pm GMT (11 April 4.05 am IST).

A live stream of the launch will be available half an hour before liftoff on SpaceX's YouTube page. Crane then lifted the massive rocket, weighing about 75 metric tons (165,000 lb) and mounted it on the Pad 39A T/E (transporter/erector device) which has the ability to lift and move the craft both vertically and horizontally.

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 officials did not return requests for confirmation Monday morning.

The Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex is selling different viewing packages for this launch.

SpaceX just let us peek behind the curtain as it preps for the second-ever launch of its powerful Falcon Heavy rocket on Tuesday (April 9).

The satellite will enter into orbit tomorrow at a height of 22,000 miles (36,000km) above the Earth's equator.

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.

With its 27 Merlin engines across the three first stage bodies, the Falcon Heavy can generate up to 2,267 metric tonnes (five million pounds) worth of thrust.

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.

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

The Falcon Heavy's first stage consists of three modified, strapped-together Falcon 9 first stages.

Upon descent, the three Falcon boosters detach and land separately back on Earth for future missions. It's the first time a Block 5 booster will be used for the big rocket.

Only the Saturn V moon rocket, last flown in 1973, delivered more payload to orbit.

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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