Everyone was waiting for the SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket to finally launch this weekend, but it seems there are some issues with it, as it was again pushed back and the next launch date is yet unknown.
Falcon Heavy was supposed to liftoff on April 7, at 6:36 p.m. EDT from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center, Florida. The rocket was going to carry an Arabsat 6A communications satellite into the orbit, to expand the communication coverage and improve television, internet and telephone services in Africa and the Middle East.
Neither SpaceX nor Elon Musk have stated anything official about this matter, but a NASA source spoke with Fox35 Orlando, explaining that the static test fire was scrapped and that this means the launch will not take place this weekend. The test was pushed back from April 4 to April 5 (10.00 a.m.).
The Falcon Heavy Launch Stages
After SpaceX launches the Falcon Heavy, they plan to land two of the Heavy booster rockets at the landing zones 1 and 2 at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.
The sonic boom created during the launch will be heard throughout Cape Canaveral, Cocoa, Cocoa Beach, Merritt Island, Mims, Port Canaveral, Port St. John, Rockledge, Scottsmoor, Sharpes, and Titusville, Florida, reported Brevard Times.
The core rocket of the Falcon Heavy will land on the drone ship in the Atlantic Ocean.
The SpaceX’s Falcon 9 has received an upgrade – the Block 5 which will make the rocket reusable and reliable for 10 or more flights.
As soon as there is official news from SpaceX about the date and time of launch, we will update you, so check back here for more news about the SpaceX Falcon Heavy Launch.
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