SpaceX Delays Mega Rocket Launch Due to High Wind Shear

Falcon Heavy launch delayed again, now targeted for Thursday evening

SpaceX's Falcon Heavy rocket successfully lifted off Thursday, marking the towering booster's second flight and its first commercial launch.

If all goes as planned during Falcon Heavy Flight 2, SpaceX will have successfully returned boosters to its East Coast landing zones after more than 14 months of inactivity, landed a Falcon Heavy center core for the first time ever, and recovered three boosters almost simultaneously after a single launch - also for the first time.

The Roadster is thought to be on the other side of the sun from us right now, about three-quarters of the way around its first solar orbit, said senior analyst at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, Jon Giorgini. The Falcon Heavy is touted as the world's most powerful rocket "by a factor of two and will only be succeeded by NASA's Space Launch System (SLS) when completed". After a few minutes, the two strap-on solid fuel boosters separated from the main booster to land side-by-side back at SpaceX's Landing Zones 1 and 2 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. The satellite is the largest commercial one Lockheed martin has ever produced.

Until SpaceX came along, boosters were discarded in the ocean after satellite launches.

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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. All three of the rocket's boosters safely landed on Earth; the side boosters for this launch hadn't previously been used.

SpaceX typically launches Falcon 9 rockets.

Its successful landing of the center core from a Falcon Heavy is a relief for SpaceX after a similar attempt ended in disaster past year. That will be a single Falcon 9 carrying supplies and research experiments to the International Space Station via the Dragon cargo spacecraft.

The rocket will be able to lift 64 tons into orbit, doubling the lift capacity of the next closest operational vehicle, the Delta IV Heavy, at one-third the cost, the company said. So, the Falcon Heavy can deliver people to the moon and even to Mars.


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