22:36 UTC 09/04/2019 SpaceX to launch Arabsat-6A aboard Falcon Heavy Block 5
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That's 23:36 BST / 18:36 EDT.
Over a year after its previous flight, SpaceX conducted the Static Fire test on its second Falcon Heavy. This rocket – the first Block 5 Falcon Heavy – will launch Arabsat 6A to a Geostationary Transfer Orbit (GTO) from LC-39A. The static fire took place on Friday, with the test occurring at 12 pm local time, 2 hours into the six-hour test window. The launch date target is now set for April 9.
This specific rocket is made up of three new Block 5 boosters, and a Block 5 second stage. The two side boosters are B1052 and B1053, while the center core is B1055.
Similar to the Falcon Heavy Demo mission, the two side cores will perform Return-To-Launch-Site (RTLS) landings at SpaceX’s Landing Zones 1 and 2 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. The center core – since it is moving much faster at its separation – will land 967km downrange on SpaceX’s Autonomous Spaceport Drone Ship Of Course I Still Love You.
On the Demo mission, the two side boosters landed successfully, however the center core crashed into the ocean nearby Of Course I Still Love You. The impact on the ocean sprayed debris at the drone ship, damaging two of its engines and littering shrapnel on the deck.
SpaceX conducts Static Fire on Falcon Heavy ahead of Arabsat 6A ..
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Been awaiting the 2nd Falcon Heavy launch with bated breath for ages. I can't even tell you the number of times I've watched the original star man launch. I got tingles all over my spine when the boosters landed!
Some boosters mating in their natural habitat:
Heavy is yet to go vertical. Rollout is expected to occur shortly if it hasn't already - awaiting confirmation.
Weather remains favorable. No updates from the 45th Weather Squadron. Primary concern for launch is a 20% chance of violating the cumulus cloud rule.
Mission press kit
Go Falcon Heavy!
Currently pushed towards the end of the window, aiming for 00:00 UTC (01:00 BST).
I'm expecting a scrub at this point
So far we look to be on schedule for tonight.
Stream is live
aw fuck boys here we go
stream pls stop buffering
Here we go...
They did it
Fuck year! All boosters landed intact. Second stage coasting to its second burn.
I love being able to catch these launches Live, got my SpaceX hat on and witnessing history
That's some quality engineering.
Seeing the double booster landing is still so fucking amazing to see
Second stage looks to be in the expected orbit as well, so the primary mission looks good so far.
Short of Arabsats activation, this has been a complete success on SpaceX's part.
The twin falcons landing never gets old.
does anyone know what that feed that showed up here for like 1 sec was?
It's the interior of the fuel tank
Heavy core lost at sea.
What a bummer. No breaks for the centre cores it seems.
“Over the weekend, due to rough sea conditions, SpaceX’s recovery team was unable to secure the center core booster for its return trip to Port Canaveral,” SpaceX said in a statement to The Verge. “As conditions worsened with eight to ten foot swells, the booster began to shift and ultimately was unable to remain upright. While we had hoped to bring the booster back intact, the safety of our team always takes precedence. We do not expect future missions to be impacted.”