According to Air Force, the launch of SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket might be affected by the weather forecast as it no longer is that favorable for its first operational mission that will take place on Tuesday. The launch that is supposed to take place at 6:36 p.m. from Kennedy Space Center’s pad 39A with the Arabsat 6A commercial communications satellite, might be a no-no as conditions are only 30 percent “go” for it. However, teams can try to wait and pray for the weather to change until the window closes at 8:35 p.m.
“The primary weather concerns are disturbed weather, anvil cloud, cumulus cloud, and lightning rules,” forecasters with the 45th Weather Squadron said Sunday. In case the event is delayed until Wednesday, the launch has more chances to happen then as the forecast improves to 80 percent “go.”
SpaceX Falcon Heavy might not take off tomorrow
The three cored of the rocket will all, after liftoff, target landings. The center core will fire slightly longer and then land on the Of Course I Still Love You drone ship in the Atlantic Ocean while the two side boosters will autonomously return to Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. A few days later, the center core will return to Port Canaveral for processing as the dual landings will likely be the only ones visible from the Space Coast.
The launch attempted on Tuesday will mark the first operational flight of Falcon Heavy since the demonstration launch that vaulted a Tesla Roadster and “Starman” mannequin to deep space in 2018. The expectancy is that for millions of years they will coast through the solar system.
The Falcon Heavy rocket has been launched by SpaceX on 6th of February 2018 from Kennedy Space Center on Tuesday and landed two of the side boosters at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.