SpaceX Falcon Heavy Launch Time & Stream

Apr 11, 2019, 00:28
SpaceX Falcon Heavy Launch Time & Stream

It also carries the Falcon Heavy's first commercial payload - the ArabSat 6A communications satellite for the Saudi Arabia company of the same name.

The rocket is expected to be used primarily for United States military missions, and to launch spy satellites and hefty commercial telecom satellites. 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.

A launch on a Falcon Heavy carries a price tag of $90 million, compared to competitor United Launch Alliance's Delta IV Heavy, which costs more than $300 million.

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SpaceX is half a day away from the planned launch debut of Falcon Heavy Block 5, a milestone that will also be the rocket's second launch ever and first mission with a commercial payload. A Falcon Heavy will launch the STP-2 mission for the U.S. Air Force. The Roadster and its dummy space suited pilot named "Starman" are now headed for the asteroid belt.

Thousands of people came to SpaceX's launch site in Florida to watch the spectacle. Despite the satellite weighing no less than 6000 kg (13,200 lb), Falcon Heavy will still have enough latent performance to attempt the recovery of all three of its new Block 5 boosters. The first retrieval didn't go so well for the poor old core booster, which missed the landing and plunged into the ocean.

The Falcon Heavy's twin boosters made a simultaneous landing on pads at Cape Canaveral successfully during the test flight previous year. SpaceX is expected to attempt to land all three this week. The satellite was built by Lockheed Martin and will provide telephone, internet and cable to parts of the Middle East, Africa and Europe. Falcon Heavy is taller than the shuttle launch rocket was, but carries a little less thrust or power. The SpaceX launch window is expected to last around two hours. The Arabsat satellite will deploy roughly 34 minutes after launch.

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In a departure from past designs, the satellite features thin, flexible solar arrays instead of the rigid panels used on other spacecraft.

Falcon Heavy is not expected to fly almost as often as its smaller counterpart, which has completed more than 20 missions since last February.

The version of the Falcon Heavy that will fly this week will not be exactly the same as the previous mission: The Falcon Heavy's rocket cores will be more powerful, making use of upgrades to SpaceX's smaller workhorse rocket, the Falcon 9. Falcon Heavy only has five missions on its manifest so far.

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