Falcon Heavy ready for its second attempt at a second flight

Rodiano Bonacci
Aprile 12, 2019

Although the Falcon Heavy has proven itself flight-worthy, this is still just the second launch of a rocket with a staggering 27 engines, so there is definitely some uncertainty.

Now, SpaceX is hoping that the fourth time is the charm, and it has another launch window scheduled for today at 6:35 p.m. EST.

Arabsat needs SpaceX to send its Arabsat-6A communications satellite into Earth orbit, and SpaceX wants to make good on its promise that the Falcon Heavy can fulfill a commercial need.

On Wednesday Elon Musk, SpaceX CEO suggested that a delay was likely due to "upper atmospheric wind shear" and SpaceX confirmed there would be no launch.

SpaceX tweeted Thursday "all weather and systems are now go", so provided the pesky Floridian weather stays that way, it should be full steam ahead. It's nearly certainly still in orbit around the sun with a mannequin at the wheel. This Falcon Heavy is brand new, composed of two block 5 side boosters (B15052 & B1053) and a single block 5 core booster (B1055).

The rocket's payload, Arabsat-6A, will be released 34 minutes into the journey. SpaceX will try to land two of the first-stage boosters back at Cape Canaveral and the core booster on an ocean platform.

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