Posted at 13:55 ET on April 3, 2019
Falcon Heavy will be launched next Sunday from the Kennedy Space Center, just over a year after launching the rocket for the first time on a successful test flight.
SpaceX plans to send a communication satellite for Arabsat from Saudi Arabia from Pad 39A. The company aims on Sunday between 18h36. and 20:35 for takeoff.
After being launched using 27 Merlin engines, the three rocket propellers will return for an attempted landing.
From Falcon Heavy to Atlas V, watch every Space Coast rocket launch of the year.
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The two side boosters will land at the Cape Canaveral 1 landing zone and the core will land on a drone in the Atlantic Ocean. On the maiden flight, the third reminder missed the drone, but the recalls broke up and returned to Cape Canaveral in tandem.
The February 6, 2018 test flight was a big deal on Space Coast. More than 100,000 people came to witness the ascent of the rocket, 20 stories high.
More: A year ago, SpaceX's Falcon Heavy moved the world. Here is what will follow for the rocket.
Kennedy Space Center officials also forecast heavy traffic near the Visitor Complex and at busy viewing locations during the second Falcon Heavy launch.
Kennedy Space Center protection services officers will impose restricted access during the launch attempt.
Tickets for the launch are still available on the Visitor Complex website starting at $ 75 per person. Ticket holders must be prepared to show their ticket information to security guards.
More: Launch schedule: upcoming launches and landings in Florida
If you go to Brevard or Volusia counties to attend the launch, here are some road closures and restrictions to know, according to the Kennedy Space Center.
Restricted access for holders of introductory tickets and authorized personnel:
- NASA Causeway between US 1 and the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Center
- National Road 3 of the Media Gate News Building and the NASA Roadside Identification Building, including Space Commerce Way, closed to unauthorized vehicles
- Closed to all traffic: the A. Max Brewer Causeway on S.R. 406 at Titusville, east of Playalinda Beach Road, the Canaveral National Seashore will be restricted to motor traffic.
Open to full capacity: National Highway 3 North to US 1 in Volusia County, south of Playalinda Beach, will be open to all vehicular traffic until its capacity is reached or 5:30 pm, whichever comes first .
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If all goes as planned, manned missions will leave the Kennedy Space Center in July.
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