KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. – If you have not heard, SpaceX plans to launch a Falcon Heavy rocket on Tuesday, the most powerful rocket on the market.
Just in case you are in the dark, let's raise you up to the speed of the evening rising. We do not want to make a rookie mistake when talking about how cool it was launching for our friends or colleagues, is not it?
What is a big deal?
Florida sees dozens of launches a year from the Kennedy Space Center and Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. What makes a Falcon Heavy launch holiday featuring for the eyes and ears is its power when riding and bis a triple landing after launch.
Falcon Heavy has a total of 27 Merlin engines at the first stage of the rocket. There are nine engines each in the first-stage center core and two Falcon 9 boosters strapped to its side. Coupled, the engines are capable of producing more than 5 million pounds of thrust when lifting. This is a great power.
For comparison, a smaller SpaceX missile, Falcon 9, has one booster, nine Merlin engines and can generate more than 1
The first launch did not fully check the full power of Falcon Heavy when lifting.
This second launch is expected to be even more powerful, according to Elona Musk, General Director of SpaceX.
"The maximum traction of 2,550 tons will be almost 10% higher than the Falcon Heavy demo of the past year," he said on the eve.
In addition, this is the first paid mission for the new SpaceX missile. Launching last year was a test flight, during which SpaceX General Manager Elon Mask sent his cherry red Tesla Roadster and the Starman mannequin as test cargo. The electric car is still in the wide orbit of Mars.
[The video above shows Starman and Tesla floating in space.]
Finally, because SpaceX landes its rocket accelerators again, saving millions of dollars in a single flight, after the Falcon Heavy starts, a triple landing will occur compared to single landings after the launch of Falcon 9.
When is it launched? The launch window opens at 18:36. and lasts until 8:33 pm Tuesday, April 9th.
What launches Falcon Heavy? A heavy satellite called Arabsat 6A is encapsulated in the Falcon Heavy nose cone. Lockheed Martin built a 13,000-pound companion for Arab Saudi Arabia. The satellite will provide telephone, internet and cable to parts of the Middle East, Africa and Europe.
Will there be a start scrub or a delay? Air officials predict a 30-percent chance of good launch conditions. This is not very cool, but the missiles are launched in worse conditions.
The main concern with the weather on Tuesday will be the clouds, rain and lightning moving along the Cosmic Coast during the launch window. If the launch delay is on Wednesday, the weather will improve to 80 percent chance.
CEO SpaceX Elon Mask also said that the company is taking additional measures from this event, as Falcon Heavy is flying on the new Block 5 boosters.
"This is the first launch of Falcon Heavy Block 5, so we are very careful. The launch date can move," Musk said on Twitter.
As always, delays are equal to the space flight course. Be prepared to keep it as mission control due to any problems during the countdown and 24-hour scrub.
What should I expect from experience?
On the cosmic coast, the roar that this missile produces, unlike any other, not to mention the sound climbs that should follow with a triple landing. Click here to re-view the Falcon Heavy test flight to get a good idea, but trust, it's better for me in the face.
When News 6 was in the Kennedy Space Center a 39A release site, the rocket launch presses triggered a car alarm to go away and we felt a rumble under your feet for a few minutes after.
There were also several sound climbs when the Falcon Heavy boosters broke the sound bar during landing. This Falcon Heavy Demo-1 video is a good indicator of thunderous sound that you can feel.
News 6 Meteorologist Kendes Campos wrote this great explanation on how weather conditions can affect how intensely and how far the rumble of a sound boom might be.
[Watch launch footage from Falcon Heavy’s Demo-1 flight below.]
Where am I looking for launch and landing?
This happened to everyone at first launch. The countdown is reduced to seconds, and you say, "Where should I look to see this thing?"
It depends on where you are planning to watch the launch. First of all, know that Launch Complex 39A launches from Kennedy. If you can see the Car Building Assembly – it's a massive American flagged building on the side – the notebook is just outside VAB to the northeast.
Below is a map of popular places of view, launch pads and SpaceX Landing Zone 1.
Let's talk about how to start the launch first;
If you are looking at a launch along the Indian River in Titusville, from the Parad Space Park or Parish Park, you will be looking east straight across the river.
Further south along the Indian River, you will look north-east.
Now, if you were well trained rocket launcher, you got there early and took a seat on Playalinda Beach or Canaveral. This is the closest place to view, since it is almost parallel to 39A. On the beach, look south along the coast, you can even see the playground from some places.
Pro-tip : If you are still lost in this place and do not know where to look, follow your fingers or cameras. Really. I promise you can not miss it.
Landing: A few minutes after the Falcon Heavy broke out, it was time to find those boosters that are now detached from the rocket and return to Earth.
Landing takes place in SpaceX Landing Zone 1, which is southwest of Falcon Heavy launch site. If you continue to track startup, you should see that the boosters are separated and complete the recording. It's like an air missile ballet. This happens approximately six minutes after launch. Two accelerators will land in the Landing Zone 1 approximately eight minutes after launch, and the main booster will land on an unmanned aircraft ship in the Atlantic Ocean, which is called "Of course I still love you."
The best places to view to see the landing, from Port Canaveral and the beach.
[Re-watch the Falcon Heavy Demo-1 booster landing below.]
Can not do it personally? Do not worry, SpaceX will launch the Falcon Heavy launch with live commentary on SpaceX.com, and News 6 will also cover you. Check out live streaming at ClickOrlando.com/space.
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