SpaceX Falcon Heavy Launch Pushed Due to Weather

Posted at 6:31 PM, Apr 08, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-08 18:41:57-04

The launch of SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy has been delayed thanks to active weather around the go time. Monday, the agency put the launch probability at 30% but decided to push by a day. The weather was the culprit as daytime-driven thunderstorms would be around causing rain, lightning, and abundant cloud coverage; all things that SpaceX wants to avoid.

FutureTrack showing thunderstorms around Kennedy Space Center during the launch window, Tuesday evening.


Originally, the launch of the Falcon Heavy rocket (the world’s most powerful) was set to take place Tuesday evening a little after 6:30 pm. but could’ve waited another two hours to launch if the weather were to “miss” or improve. However, the call was made to push the launch to Wednesday when the pattern looks to be a little more conducive. SpaceX will also have a two-hour window to complete the launch during Wednesday’s time frame as well. The launch probability improves to 80% for Wednesday evening.

Falcon Heavy (Image Courtesy: SpaceX)


This particular launch will be carrying the Arabsat-6A Satellite from Saudi Arabia. The satellite’s capabilities will provide TV, internet, and cellular communications to the Middle East, and portions of Africa and Europe.

One of the main reasons SpaceX is being cautious with the launch is due to the use of the three new Block 5 boosters on the launch vehicle. These boosters are expected to be collected for reuse after the launch.

Below is a video of SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy test launch on February 6th along with the successful landing of two of its boosters and core: