How to watch historic Falcon Heavy launch live online tomorrow

How to watch historic Falcon Heavy launch live online tomorrow

How to watch historic Falcon Heavy launch live online tomorrow

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. We had a feeling that might happen, and the launch was pushed back to today, Tuesday, April 9th, but now yet another delay has pushed it back even further.

It's launch day at NASA's Kennedy Space Center for SpaceX's Falcon Heavy rocket.

SpaceX issued a warning that Space Coast residents should expect several loud sonic booms as the rockets arrive back on Earth.

While putting the Arabsat 6A communications station into orbit was the primary goal of the 34-minute mission, SpaceX engineers hoped to recover the rocket's three Falcon 9 core stages for refurbishment and re-use.

Launch weather officials are monitoring upper-level winds that could push the Falcon Heavy liftoff to the end of the launch window.

This time around SpaceX has a paying customer to please.

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"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.

The Falcon Heavy is scheduled to lift off from the Kennedy Space center in Florida at 6:36 pm (2236 GMT) and place the six-ton Arabsat-6A satellite into geostationary orbit some 22,500 miles (36,000 kilometers) above the Earth.

The rocket's launch was watched by millions around the globe, thanks in no small part to SpaceX founder Elon Musk deciding to use a cherry red sports vehicle as the payload cargo. A standard Falcon Heavy launch costs $90 million, according to the company's website, compared to $62 million for the Falcon 9.

But in the 14 months since the large rocket's inaugural flight, Falcon Heavy has had a remarkable effect on the nation's space policy. Whenever possible, SpaceX plans to launch at lower speeds so they can land and possibly reuse the boosters that make up Falcon Heavy. The center core missed its drone ship landing when two of three engines ran out of igniter fluid. The true test will happen tomorrow, if Falcon Heavy cannot only launch but also land its three boosters. The satellite was built by Lockheed Martin and will provide telephone, internet and cable to parts of the Middle East, Africa and Europe.

Though Falcon Heavy's inaugural launch ultimately went off without a hitch, SpaceX will now have to repeat that success with the added risk of carrying a multimillion dollar satellite.

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