This Is How the Huge Bottom of the Falcon Heavy Looks Like

Pat Wise
April 11, 2019

Watch below, starting at around 7:30 p.m. ET, for the SpaceX livestream of this first commercial flight of what is now the most powerful rocket in the world! The standard Falcon 9 still carries the bulk of SpaceX payloads (including the upcoming manned Dragon II), but the company hopes to move all launches to the Starship/Super Heavy platform in the coming years. It sits at Launch Complex 39A, at Kennedy Space Center, prepared to carry the Arabsat-6A Saudi Arabian communications satellite into a geostationary orbit, with a launch window that opens at 8 p.m. EDT.

In fact, the two side boosters that will fly tomorrow are already earmarked for Falcon Heavy's next flight, now slated for June.

Those landings could potentially cause the sonic booms that SpaceX said might be heard in Orange, Seminole, Brevard, Volusia and other Florida counties. It was built to serve as SpaceX's heavy lift vehicle, with five million pounds of thrust capable of putting even large payloads into Earth orbit and beyond.

Falcon Heavy's debut flight past year attracted massive attention, in part because CEO Elon Musk chose to launch his own luxury Tesla Roadsteras the test payload.

All of SpaceX's rocket launches are streamed live online via the company's website and official YouTube page.

SpaceX CEO Elon Musk celebrates the success of Falcon Heavy's 2018 launch debut. The satellite will be deployed about 34 minutes after launch, but it's those first 34 minutes that will be of most interest to space enthusiasts. All three boosters are expected to return to Earth in what will-fingers crossed-be the first triple landing of reusable rockets.

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The three-booster rocket with 27 engines rolled out to its launchpad Wednesday morning.

"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 representatives wrote in a mission description. That will be the first Falcon Heavy flight to re-use boosters.

"SpaceX will attempt to land Falcon Heavy's side boosters at Landing Zones 1 and 2 and Falcon Heavy's center core on the Of Course I Still Love You droneship during the Arabsat-6A mission", SpaceX tweeted out Tuesday.

SpaceX's launch livestream will go live approximately 20 minutes before liftoff, now scheduled for no earlier than 8pm ET (00:00 UTC, April 11).

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

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