Elon Musk’s SpaceX readies first Falcon Heavy launch for paying customer

The SpaceX Falcon Heavy launch is currently scheduled for Sunday April 7 with a window of 6:36 p.m. through 8:35 p.m

The rocket's two side boosters will roar back to Cape Canaveral to land simultaneously just down the coast from the launch site, Launch Pad 39A at Kennedy Space Center.

SpaceX is half a day away from the planned launch debut of Falcon Heavy Block 5, a milestone that will also be the rocket's second launch ever and first mission with a commercial payload.

For SpaceX, the introduction of the large and reusable Falcon Heavy into its launch business gives the company the ability to bid on heavier payloads than it can with the smaller Falcon 9 rocket, opening up the market for big commercial satellites launches and national security missions.

If the weather holds and there are no technical issues, Falcon Heavy will rumble aloft at 6:35 p.m. Florida time on Wednesday from NASA's Kennedy Space Center. Before the rocket finally launched more than two years later, Musk suggested to several news outlets, including CNN, that the rocket could explode.

Falcon Heavy will vault a pricey communications satellite into orbit for Saudi Arabia-based Arabsat.

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Follow SpaceX's social accounts, including YouTube and Twitter, for more updates on the Falcon Heavy Launch. The side boosters are already scheduled for re-use in June on another Falcon Heavy flight. Ranging from multiple sonic booms that will be audible for miles up and down the Florida coast and the potential for a spectacular Florida sunset as a backdrop, Falcon Heavy's second launch will be an event worth watching.

Falcon Heavy is not expected to fly almost as often as its smaller counterpart, which has completed more than 20 missions since last February. It has three rocket boosters, which are strapped together during launch and are created to then break apart and make pinpoint landings back on Earth.

SpaceX will provide a webcast of the launch, landing attempts, and satellite separation from the upper stage, beginning 20 minutes before the anticipated liftoff on Wednesday.

Falcon Heavy's debut flight a year ago attracted massive attention, in part because CEO Elon Musk chose to launch his own luxury Tesla Roadsteras the test payload.

The Falcon Heavy makes use of the highly successful Falcon 9 design - it's actually composed of three Falcon 9 core stages with a few design tweaks. Despite the satellite weighing no less than 6000 kg (13,200 lb), Falcon Heavy will still have enough latent performance to attempt the recovery of all three of its new Block 5 boosters.

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