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Take a look at SpaceX's huge Falcon Heavy for its first commercial launch



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Start of the countdown, engines on.


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The incredible space achievements just keep coming. SpaceX's most powerful missile ̵

1; the Falcon Heavy – was ready to send Saudi Arabian satellite Arabsat-6A into orbit on Wednesday, but high atmospheric winds forced SpaceX to delay its launch by 24 hours.

Now (almost) the moment has come (again).

On Wednesday, Elon Musk, the SpaceX boss suggested that a delay was likely due to "upper atmospheric wind shear" and SpaceX confirmed that there would be no launch. Instead, the company is seeking a backup window to open at 3:32 pm. PT on April 11th and stays open until 5:32 pm. PT.

As with all SpaceX launches, this will be a livestream event. It's especially notable as it was the second Falcon Heavy ever and the very first commercial launch for the gigantic launcher. It's been over a year since SpaceX sent the Tesla Roadster from Elon Musk into space.

SpaceX will have the official livestream on its website as well as 20 minutes before launch on the YouTube live link below:

The payload of the rocket, Arabsat-6A, will be released 34 minutes into the journey. As with the Falcon Heavy's first launch, SpaceX will try to safely land the two side rocket boosters in the Cape Canaveral Landing Zones 1 and 2 in Florida.

The core booster is arrested by Of Course I Still Love You drone ship in the Atlantic. In this case, it will be another historic moment for SpaceX. The first call did not go so well for the poor old core booster who had missed the landing and had put a Tesla Roadster into orbit last February.

SpaceX hopes for a successful retrieval of all boosters, while Falcon Heavy is aiming for a second launch this year.

Originally published on April 9th.
April 10 update: Adds delay and updates the information.


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