Listen for sonic booms tonight after SpaceX launch of Falcon Heavy

This Is How the Huge Bottom of the Falcon Heavy Looks Like

SpaceX delays Falcon Heavy's first commercial launch of Arabsat-6A to 10 April

Those wanting to watch the launch will need to find an alternative viewing area.

You can watch the Falcon Heavy launch live here and on Space.com's homepage, courtesy of SpaceX, beginning about 20 minutes before liftoff.

Falcon Heavy's payload is the 6,000-kilogram Arabsat-6A communications satellite for Saudi Arabian telecom giant Arabsat.

When the rocket flew a year ago, its two side boosters made synchronized landings on side-by-side ground pads in Florida. According to the Orlando Sentinel, the booms may be heard across Florida, but specifically in Orange, Seminole, Brevard, and Volusia counties. This mission will cost the Air Force $130 million.

Development of the Falcon Heavy, like all of SpaceX's missions, has been described by SpaceX founder Elon Musk as a step toward his goal of sending people to Mars. If the launch goes poorly, it could be a significant setback to SpaceX's fledgling Falcon Heavy business.

According to SpaceX, Falcon Heavy is "the most powerful operational rocked in the world by a factor of two", with its 27 Merlin combustion engines capable of generating more than 5 million pounds of thrust at lift-off.

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- The Space Coast is getting ready for another liftoff!

"Now targeting Falcon Heavy launch of Arabsat-6A on Wednesday, April 10 - weather forecast improves to 80% favorable", SpaceX tweeted in an update on 9 April. SpaceX will attempt to re-land the rocket's three boosters. That booster ran out of ignition fluid and couldn't restart its engines for the final landing burn, instead plummeting into the sea.

"Arabsat-6A is a high-capacity telecommunications satellite that will deliver television, radio, Internet, and mobile communications to customers in the Middle East, Africa, and Europe", SpaceX wrote in an Arabsat-6A Mission description.

The rocket company said: "Falcon Heavy draws upon the proven heritage and reliability of Falcon 9". "Built on Lockheed Martin's enhanced LM 2100 platform, Arabsat-6A includes several innovations that provide advanced Kaspot beam communications services and Ku and Ka-band coverages in addition to other frequency bands". Navigator and Searcher are expected to focus on gathering data and extricating Falcon Heavy's fairing halves - hopefully intact after parasailing gently onto the ocean surface - from the Atlantic.

SpaceX's launch livestream will go live approximately 20 minutes before liftoff, now scheduled for no earlier than 8pm ET (00:00 UTC, April 11).

More recently, the Falcon Heavy rocket has entered the conversation for human exploration.

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