But more importantly, the launch will mark the second ever flight of the incredible Falcon Heavy launch system.
Elon Musk's SpaceX is preparing to launch Falcon Heavy-its massive, heavy-lift rocket-for the first paying customer on Wednesday, more than a year after a demonstration mission in February 2018.
Media outlets in Central Florida report sonic booms could potentially be heard in Brevard, Orange, Seminole and Volusia counties.
"Falcon Heavy was designed from the outset to carry humans into space and restores the possibility of flying missions with crew to the Moon or Mars". And with a sticker price of $90 million, it is also about a third of the price of its closest competitor, United Launch Alliance's Delta IV Heavy. But on Friday, SpaceX announced the launch was delayed until Tuesday. That launch had the additional pizazz of being the biggest rocket since the Saturn era ended in the 1970s. The vehicle, which was carrying a space-suited mannequin nicknamed Starman, was vaulted into outer space and is expected to orbit the sun for the foreseeable future. It has three rocket boosters, which are strapped together during launch and are created to then break apart and make pinpoint landings back on Earth. As it turns out, the demand was there for a low-priced, heavy lift booster. The first retrieval didn't go so well for the poor old core booster, which missed the landing and plunged into the ocean. SpaceX is expected to attempt to land all three this week.
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Once in space, the satellite will provide TV, internet and cell phone communications to the Middle East, Africa and portions of Europe. Saudi Arabia's Arabsat is expecting its Lockheed Martin-built commercial communications satellite to stay in geostationary orbit for up to 15 years. Ranging from multiple sonic booms that will be audible for miles up and down the Florida coast and the potential for a spectacular Florida sunset as a backdrop, Falcon Heavy's second launch will be an event worth watching. Aside from being the last major source of data for the ultimate certification of Falcon Heavy for high-value military launches, the USAF hopes that STP-2 will be a critical step towards opening the doors of launch contract competitions to flight-proven rockets like Falcon 9 and - eventually - Blue Origin's New Glenn. Before the rocket finally launched more than two years later, Musk suggested to several news outlets, including CNN, that the rocket could explode.
SpaceX now says that Falcon Heavy will likely launch tomorrow, Wednesday, April 10th.
The Falcon Heavy is the most powerful rocket in the world today. Altogether, Falcon Heavy likely weighs upwards of 80,000 kg (175,000 lb) empty and more than 1,420 metric tons (3,125,000 lb) when fully fueled.