The first flight of a Falcon Heavy rocket with a commercial payload will have to wait a little while longer before lifting off from the Kennedy Space Center.
April 5th, 2019
KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. – The first flight of a Falcon Heavy rocket with a commercial payload will have to wait a little while longer before lifting off one of the most historic launch sites on Earth.
SpaceX was planning to send the satellite Arabsat-6A to orbit on April 7, 2019. However, the liftoff date has now been pushed back to April 9 at 6:36 pm EDT (22:36 GMT). The Falcon Heavy has just been launched once before, in February 2018.
When the massive rocket takes to the skies, it will begin its journey from Kennedy Space Center's Launch Complex 39A in Florida, which is the same pad of which Apollo 11 got underway
Arabsat-6A is a Saudi Arabian geostationary communications satellite that was built by Lockheed Martin and is based off of the A2100 bus.
The first Falcon Heavy launch was carried by the Tesla Roadster that belonged to SpaceX's CEO and Founder, Elon Musk. That automobile is "driven" by a mannequin, which has been dubbed "Starman."
Arabsat-6A will not enter into a heliocentric orbit as Starman did. Rather, the satellite will be placed in a geostationary orbit as part of the Arabsat-6G program.
Jason Rhian spent several years honing his skills with internships at NASA, the National Space Society and other organizations. He has provided content for outlets such as: Aviation Week & Space Technology, Space.com, The Mars Society and Universe Today.