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The weather forecast continues to look less than favorable for the launch of SpaceX's Falcon Heavy rocket on its first operational mission Tuesday, according to the Air Force.

Conditions are only 30 percent "go" for the 6:36 pm launch from the Kennedy Space Center's Pad 39A with the Arabsat 6A commercial communications satellite. Teams can, however, try to wait out the weather until the window closes at 8:35 pm

"The primary weather concerns are disturbed weather, anvil cloud, cumulus cloud and lightning rules," predictors with the 45th Weather Squadron said Sunday

After the liftoff, the rocket's three cores will all target landings – the two side boosters will autonomously return to Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, while the center core will fire a little longer and then land on the Of Course I Still Love You drone ship in the Atlantic Ocean. The second landing will likely be the only ones visible from the Space Coast, but the core core will return to Port Canaveral for processing a few days later.

Tuesday's launch attempt will mark Falcon Heavy's first operational flight since February 2018's demonstration launch that a vault and a Tesla Roadster and a "Starman" mannequin to deep space. They are expected to be coasting through the solar system for millions of years.

Contact Emre Kelly at or 321-242-3715. Follow him on Twitter Facebook and Instagram at @EmreKelly.


SpaceX launched its Falcon Heavy rocket from Kennedy Space Center on Tuesday, February. 6th, 2018 and landed two of the side boosters at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.
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