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Live Coverage of the Falcon Heavy Demonstration Flight

Tuesday, February 6, 2018 9:10
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Today is the day of the much-anticipated Falcon Heavy Demo Flight. If all goes well, the new rocket designed and built by SpaceX will launch from Cape Canaveral sometime after 1 pm. The launch window is from 1:30 pm to 4:30 pm. The demonstration flight will be using two recycled Falcon 9 boosters and a beefed-up Falcon 9 for the core booster as the first stage. All components of the first stage are supposed to return to earth for re-use in a future flight. The two outer Falcon 9s will return simultaneously to the SpaceX landing pads and the core booster will land on the autonomous drone barge ” Of Course I Still Love You” in the Atlantic Ocean. The barge is named after a planet-sized Culture starship which first appears in Ian Banks’ “The Player of Games” science fiction novel. SpaceX also operates another barge ship also named after another Culture starship and it is called, “Just Read the Instructions.”

After the rocket coasts in orbit for a bit, it will fire off the second stage again and head out to pass near Mars with Elon Musk’s Midnight Cherry Red Tesla Roadster onboard.

A couple of videos that explain more about this flight are posted below, then there are a number of video players embedded that will have live video of the launch if you are unable to get to a TV where you are when the big event takes place.

Falcon Heavy Launch, What Should We Expect?

Live Coverage of the launch (multiple channels are listed)



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Julian Danzer

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