SpaceX will show the Falcon Heavy launch and attempt a historic triple rocket landing on a live stream today, 11 April.
The SpaceX Falcon Heavy launch and attempt at a triple landing will take place at 6.35pm EDT (12:35pm midnight CEST), following the postponement yesterday. You can view the live stream at the bottom of this story, from twenty minutes before lift-off.
The launch was due to take place yesterday, but SpaceX announced that it would be rescheduled due to high winds.
Standing down from today’s Falcon Heavy launch attempt; next opportunity is tomorrow, April 11.
— SpaceX (@SpaceX) 10 April 2019
What is the Falcon Heavy?
According to SpaceX, Falcon Heavy is the most powerful rocket in the world by a factor of two, with the ability to lift nearly 64 metric tons into orbit. It has been designed with the aim of carrying humans into space.
The Falcon Heavy will be launched today to send a Arabsat-6A communications satellite into space.
SpaceX described the mission: “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. Falcon Heavy’s centre core will attempt to land on the ‘Of Course I Still Love You’ droneship, which will be stationed in the Atlantic Ocean.”
It will also attempt the world’s first successful triple rocket landing.
The specifications of the Falcon Heavy are:
- Height:70m229.6 ft;
- Total Width: 12.2m, 39.9 ft; and
- Mass: 1,420,788kg3, 125,735 lb.
There has been similar news that Amazon are planning to improve broadband coverage by launching satellites, which Elon Musk, the lead designer, founder, and CEO of SpaceX, responded to on Twitter.
.@JeffBezos copy 🐈
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) 9 April 2019