SpaceX Falcon Heavy is preparing for a takeoff from the Kennedy Space Center, in Florida. However, the weather forecast is gloomy, and the launch might be postponed since, as we speak, the conditions are only 30 percent “go” for the rocket launch set for April 9th, at 6:36 PM.
The SpaceX Falcon Heavy is already docked to Pad 39A and loaded with the Arabsat 6A commercial communications satellite. Even though the weather forecast is no “green light” for SpaceX Falcon Heavy takeoff, the engineers for the Elon Musk’s private space company may decide to wait for proper atmospheric conditions until 8:35 PM when the launch window closes.
“The primary weather concerns are disturbed weather, anvil cloud, cumulus cloud, and lightning rules,” said weather forecasters from the 45th Weather Squadron on Sunday, yesterday.
SpaceX Falcon Heavy launch could be postponed to Wednesday
On Wednesday, the atmospheric conditions would be optimal for a rocket launch, as the forecast improves to 80 percent “go.” Also, the weather would look excellent for SpaceX to land the shuttle’s three boosters safely on the landing pads on the ground and in the ocean.
The two side cores will have to touch down at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, while the main booster must land safely on the so-called Of Course I Still Love You drone ship in the Atlantic Ocean. That side boosters landing could be visible from the coastline of Florida, but the SpaceX rocket launch buffs can also witness the return of the central core to the Air Force Station at Cape Canaveral.
Whether the SpaceX Falcon Heavy launch would take place tomorrow, on Tuesday, April 9th, as scheduled, or on Wednesday, it will mark the first official flight of the rocket which has been tested in a demonstration takeoff in February 2018, which sent Elon Musk’s Tesla Roadster and its “Starman” driver into space.
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