Good Test Fire Clears Next Falcon Heavy for April 9 Launch with Arabsat 6A

SpaceX’s second Falcon Heavy rocket forays to life with a static test fire on Kennedy Space Center pad 39A April 5, 2019 at noon. Following test fire, SpaceX scheduled launch for April 9, 2019. Photo Credit: Mike Killian /

Fourteen months since its triumphant maiden voyage, the 27 engines of SpaceX’s mighty Falcon Heavy came to life again today (April 5) for a standard launch practice countdown (dress rehearsal) and Static Test Fire, which now paves way for the beast to soar again as soon as April 9, as it takes flight with its first commercial client.

Liftoff is scheduled to occur from historic Pad 39A at Florida’s Kennedy Space Center (KSC) during a two-hour “window”, which extends from 6:36 p.m. through 8:33 p.m. EDT, carrying the giant Arabsat 6A communications satellite and deploying it into geostationary orbit at 30.5 degrees East longitude to provide television, internet, telephone and secure communications services to customers throughout the Middle East, Africa and parts of Europe.



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