Astronomy News

This is NOT a Test

This is a static fire test of the Falcon 9 Heavy a week and a few days ago (see earlier post).

What is coming up will not be a test.  Yes!  The maiden voyage of the Falcon 9 Heavy will occur as soon as tomorrow (06 Feb 2018) from launch pad 39A at Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

From what I know launch time is set for 18:30 UTC / 13:30 EST tomorrow.  If the launch does not go off as planned tomorrow, the next few days are planned for, each with a three-hour window each day.

The Falcon 9 Heavy is the most powerful rocket to take flight in a number of years.  The 70 meter tall (229 feet), 12 meter wide (40 feet) rocket will produce a thrust of 2.3 million kg / 5 million pounds to get into orbit.

Check back for a live link about 15 minutes before launch time.