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Heavy thunderstorms force SpaceX to delay launch of Falcon Heavy rocket
Heavy thunderstorms force SpaceX to delay launch of Falcon Heavy rocket
by Matt Bernardini
Washington DC (UPI) Apr 27, 2023

Severe weather in Florida forced SpaceX to postpone the launch of its powerful Falcon Heavy rocket on Thursday from NASA's Kennedy Space Center.

The 57-minute launch window was scheduled to begin at 7:29 p.m. However, the area around Kennedy Space Center received severe thunderstorms prior to the launch window's opening and during it. The launch is now planned for Friday evening.

The rocket will carry two satellites toward distant geostationary orbits. The first satellite is a ViaSat-3 Americas broadband satellite, that is operated by California-based Viasat. This satellite aims to enhance internet connectivity across the Americas, providing high-speed broadband service to both urban and rural areas.

The other satellite is called Arcturus, which is operated by San Francisco-based Astranis Space Technologies. Arcturus is designed to improve internet coverage in remote regions, focusing on providing reliable communication services to areas that have been traditionally underserved.

The Kennedy Space Center, located on Florida's east coast, has been the site of numerous historical space launches, including the Apollo missions to the Moon and the Space Shuttle program. The center's Launch Complex 39A, from which the Falcon Heavy will launch, has seen some of the most iconic moments in space exploration history.

According to Space.com, this is only the sixth time that the Falcon Heavy rocket, which debuted in 2018, will be used. The Falcon Heavy is currently the most powerful operational rocket in the world, boasting a remarkable 27 Merlin engines. Its immense lifting capacity allows it to carry heavy payloads, such as the ViaSat-3 Americas and Arcturus satellites, to their intended orbits.

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