SpaceX will attempt to pull off the world's first successful triple rocket landing during the company's first commercial Falcon Heavy flight mission today (April 10), and you can watch it all live online.
The Falcon Heavy megarocket, the most powerful booster currently in use, is set to launch the Arabsat-6A communications satellite orbit from NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida today at 6:35 pm. EDT (2235 GMT). After liftoff, the huge rocket's two side boosters and the core core stage are expected to return to Earth for triple landing.
"Following the booster separation, Falcon Heavy's two side boosters will attempt to land at SpaceX's Landing Zones 1
You can watch the Falcon Heavy launch live here and on Space.com's homepage, courtesy of SpaceX, starting about 20 minutes before lifttoff. You can also watch the launch directly from SpaceX's webcast page.
Related: Watch SpaceX Assemble Its Falcon Heavy Rocket for Arabsat 6A
Today's launch will mark SpaceX's second flight of a Falcon Heavy, which made a successful debut test flight in February 2018. On that flight, Falcon Heavy launched a red Tesla Roadster owned by SpaceX founder Elon Musk and stuck two of its three first-stage booster landings. The center core missed its drone ship landing when two of the three engines ran out of the igniter fluid. [AtthetimeMusksaid"fixisprettyclear"toaddresstheissue)
SpaceX is hoping for a better luck with the triple landing today when Falcon Heavy launches the hefty 13,200-lb. (6,000 kilograms) Arabsat-6A for the Saudi Arabian satellite communications company Arabsat.
"Arabsat-6A is a high-capacity telecommunications satellite that will deliver television, radio, Internet and mobile communications to its customers in the Middle East, Africa, and Europe," SpaceX representatives wrote in a mission description. "Built on Lockheed Martin's enhanced LM 2100 platform, Arabsat-6A includes several innovations that provide advanced spot-beam communications services and Ku and Ka-band coverage in addition to other frequency bands."
While this mission is the second flight of A Falcon Heavy, it's the first to use SpaceX's upgraded Block 5 Falcon 9 rocket boosters, which gives it a 10% boost in maximum thrust over its predecessor, Musk said.