SpaceX is planning its first launch attempt of the Block 5 version of Falcon Heavy later today! The launch window opens at 6:35 PM EDT (22:35 UTC) and closes at 8:31 PM EDT (00:31 UTC), and a live webcast is set to begin 20 minutes prior to launch at
This is the second launch of the Falcon Heavy vehicle – the first launch was a test and was successful in delivering a dummy payload (Elon Musk’s personal Tesla Roadster) to a solar orbit. The two side boosters were successfully landed at Cape Canaveral, but the center core failed to land on the SpaceX recovery ship.
The payload for this launch is a large communications satellite called Arabsat-6A. Once again, SpaceX will attempt to recover all three first stage boosters.
If you’ve not watched a SpaceX launch, it’s well worth the hour you’ll spend – their PR people are fantastic, the infographics are extremely well done, and with cameras all over the rocket, the in-flight video is amazing.