SpaceX scrubbed its Falcon Heavy rocket launch due to bad weather conditions on April 10. So, the company will try to launch today!
SpaceX tried to launch its massive Falcon Heavy rocket on Wednesday. However, due to high winds the company decided to postpone takeoff to April 11.
Another attempt is targeted for 6:35 p.m. EDT (2235 GMT). Thursday, weather permitting. It will be the second lift-off for Falcon Heavy, the world’s most powerful rocket.
The mega rocket will try to launch the Arabsat-6A communications satellite into orbit from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida.
The powerful rocket features 27 engines in three Falcon 9 core stages.
After liftoff, the huge rocket’s two side boosters and central core stage will attempt to return to Earth.
“Following booster separation, Falcon Heavy’s two side boosters will attempt to land at SpaceX’s Landing Zones 1 and 2 (LZ-1 and LZ-2) at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida,” SpaceX wrote in a mission description. “Falcon Heavy’s center core will attempt to land on the ‘Of Course I Still Love You’ droneship, which will be stationed in the Atlantic Ocean.”
The two outboard boosters will attempt dramatic side-by-side landings back at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station about eight minutes after launch. Meanwhile the central core stage heads for touchdown on an off-shore drone ship. SpaceX has successfully recovered 35 stages until now.
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Another Milestone for SpaceX
The Arabsat-6A Mission will be an important milestone for SpaceX. The mission will help strengthen global internet, radio, television, and mobile communications for customers in Africa, Europe, and the Middle East.
“Arabsat-6A is a high-capacity telecommunications satellite that will deliver television, radio, Internet, and mobile communications to customers in the Middle East, Africa, and Europe,” SpaceX said in a Arabsat-6A mission description. “Built on Lockheed Martin’s enhanced LM 2100 platform, Arabsat-6A includes several innovations that provide advanced Kaspot beam communications services and Ku and Ka-band coverages in addition to other frequency bands.”
Thumbnail image: SpaceX scrubbed its Falcon Heavy rocket launch due to bad weather conditions on April 10. Credit: SpaceX