SpaceX goes to launch the huge Falcon Heavy rocket this weekend… perhaps

SpaceX is going to launch the massive Falcon Heavy rocket this weekend… maybe

SpaceX's Second Falcon Heavy Primed For Weekend Launch On Arabsat 6A Commercial Mission

Fetching a price between $90 million and $150 million per launch, Falcon Heavy has already been certified by the U.S. Air Force to fly national security payloads.

This will be the first Falcon Heavy to use SpaceX's Falcon 9 Block 5, the final substantial upgrade to SpaceX's Falcon 9 launch vehicle. The company is excruciatingly close to being ready for the big day, but its current projected launch dates of April 7th or 8th are looking increasingly unrealistic. That was supposed to happen on March 31st, but now that it's been pushed back by several days, it's likely that the actual launch will also see a relatively short delay.

The rocket being launched on Tuesday will be the first Block 5 Falcon Heavy - basically, three new Block 5 Falcon 9 boosters strapped together, giving it a total of 27 Merlin engines.

At the end of the month, on April 25, SpaceX is also expected to launch their more standard Falcon 9 rocket and Dragon cargo capsule for their 17 supply mission to the International Space Station. The rocket will carry the the Arabsat-6A communications satellite, which was built by Lockheed Martin, purchased by the Saudi Arabian government, and meant to provide Internet and mobile phone services for customers in Europe, Africa, and the Middle East. Once it's sent into space it will expand communication coverage in parts of Africa and the Middle East.

A demonstration mission of the Falcon Heavy in February 2018 drew more than 114,000 spectators to the Space Coast, according to tourism officials, who added that interest in this mission could be even higher.

The true test will happen next week, if Falcon Heavy cannot only launch but also land its three boosters.

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The new iteration will push the thrust up to 2,500 tons.

At the moment, it appears far more likely that the rocket will launch sometime between April 8th and 11th. (6,000 kilograms) that was built for Saudi Arabian corporation Arabsat.

The black-and-white colossus combines three Falcon 9 first stages to form one 27-engine megarocket.

The rocket stands 224 feet tall, and weighs 140,660 lbs.

Thursday night was a "no-go" for SpaceX's Falcon Heavy rocket after a test fire was scrubbed.

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