Watch SpaceX Attempt a Triple Rocket Landing During Falcon Heavy Launch Today!

The Arabsat-6A satellite undergoing final testing at Lockheed Martin's Sunnyvale California site

Over the weekend, preparations for the rocket's second ever launch into space continued in a hangar near the Launch Complex 39A, and this time SpaceX chose to give the world a sneak peek into how the monstrous machine comes together. The rocket launch was postponed from early April due to unspecified concerns, and then postponed again just this week due to weather. Planetary scientists have also said the rocket's mere existence has put price pressure on other boosters typically used for deep space probes. The weather forecast is good, calling for an 80 percent chance of favorable conditions.

Elon Musk's star reusable launch system comprises three Falcon 9 nine-engine cores capable of generating more than 5 million pounds of thrust at liftoff.

Since then, the United States military and private clients have signed contracts for Falcon Heavy launches, and NASA has raised the possibility it may use the rocket for its planned missions to the Moon.

This time around SpaceX has a paying customer to please.

The payload is the Arabsat 6A communications satellite built by USA contractor Lockheed Martin for the Saudi company Arabsat. Scores of fans and tourists have flocked to the Florida Space Coast for the event, which will be broadcast live on SpaceX's website.

With the second launch of Falcon Heavy, two side boosters will attempt to fly back to twin landing pads at Kennedy Space Center, while the main booster will attempt an ocean barge landing. We'll see if they have better luck this time around.

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On Wednesday, April 10, the Falcon Heavy rocket is expected to launch the Arabsat-6A communications satellite to a high orbit above Earth from NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida at 6:35 p.m. EST, Space.com reported.

SpaceX wants to compete with its arch rival in the lucrative business of launching ultra-heavy satellites into space.

This time around, Falcon Heavy will be made entirely out of Block 5 hardware, including three new boosters (likely B1052, B1053, and B1055), a Block 5 upper stage with a Merlin Vacuum engine, and a recovery-optimized "Version 2" payload fairing. That will be the first Falcon Heavy flight to re-use boosters. The rocket was purchased to launch the Arabsat 6A communications station for the Saudi-based Arabsat consortium of Arab states.

Falcon Heavy's most immediate and tangible impact has been with national security missions. The main booster, however, missed landing on one of SpaceX's seaborne landing platforms and instead splashed into the ocean.

According to SpaceFlight Now, Arabsat 6A will provide Ku-band and Ka-band communications coverage over the Middle East and North Africa regions, as well as a footprint in South Africa.

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