SpaceX postpones the first commercial launch due to the strong wind.



SpaceX postponed Wednesday what would have been its first commercial launch with the Falcon Heavy rocket, citing the strong wind in the upper atmosphere.

The next window for the mission is Thursday, the company said.

The rocket will carry a Saudi satellite operated by Arabsat, a year after sending the red Tesla roadster of founder Elon Musk to orbit as evidence.

The Falcon Heavy was scheduled to take off from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida at 6:36 pm (2236 GMT) and place the six-ton ​​Arabsat-6A satellite in a geostationary orbit about 22,500 miles (36,000 kilometers) above the Earth.

Due to the winds, this was delayed approximately two hours, until the end of the launch window.

Now it has been scrapped until Thursday.

SpaceX has two operational rockets: the Falcon 9, which with 21 launches in 2018 dominates the US market, and the Falcon Heavy, which as its name suggests is designed to raise much heavier payloads to more distant orbits.

It consists of the equivalent of three Falcon 9 rockets combined, tripling their thrust. SpaceX will try to land the three rocket boosters again.

In its first release, in February 2018, a puppet named Starman was placed at the wheel of the Musk roadster, which is currently orbiting the Sun somewhere between Earth and Mars.

Since then, military and private clients in the United States have signed contracts for the Falcon Heavy launches, and NASA has raised the possibility that it can use the rocket for its planned missions to the Moon.

(Image above: A SpaceX Falcon 9 Heavy rocket is ready for launch from the 39A Complex at the Kennedy Space Center, Florida, on April 10, 2019. / Photo by VCG)


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