Second Falcon Heavy Launch Set for Wednesday

Lifting off at 3:45 p.m. from Launch Complex 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center, a SpaceX Falcon Heavy begins its demonstration flight. (Credit: NASA/Kim Shiflett)

SpaceX has rescheduled the second launch of its Falcon Heavy rocket from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida for Wednesday, April 10. The nearly two-hour window opens at 6:36 p.m. EDT  (2236 GMT).

The booster will launch the Arabsat 6A communications satellite, which will provide Ku-band and Ka-band communications services for  the Middle East, North Africa a part of South Africa.

This will be the first Falcon Heavy rocket to use the more powerful Block 5 boosters. The two first-stage side boosters will land back at Cape Canaveral while the center core will land on an off-shore drone ship.

  • Robert G. Oler

    go go go …

  • Zed_WEASEL

    Not a surprise SpaceX push back the launch by a day. The weather was looking to be about 20% go for Tuesday compare to about 80% go for Wednesday.

    Should be more folks watching the launch near KSC with better weather outlook.

    It is going be a spectacular inaugural night launch for the Falcon Heavy. We will see the “Eyes of Sauron” when the side cores comes back to landed at LZ-1 & LZ-2.

  • Lee

    It is going be a spectacular inaugural night launch for the Falcon Heavy.

    Umm, no. It’s still daylight in Florida at 6:36pm (18:36) EDT on 10 April. The Sun doesn’t set until 19:45, and civil twilight isn’t until 20:09…

  • gunsandrockets

    Is the Falcon Heavy performance data listed at spacex.com, based upon block 5 stages? I would assume it is, since Wednesday’s launch using block 5 is the first paying customer instead of a test launch. But you never know!

  • Zed_WEASEL

    It is a 2 hour launch window.

    Think the exhaust plumes will be more visible if there is still sunlight.

  • Lee

    Which puts the end of the launch window right at the beginning of nautical twilight, which is not really what, as an astronomer, I’d call “night”.

  • Cameron

    I believe you are correct, but I cannot recall my source for that. F9’s capability on the site was for later versions for years before those versions actually flew.