How SpaceX Falcon Heavy Went From Being Elon Musk’s Dream to First Commercial Launch of Arabsat-6A?

This SpaceX Falcon Heavy has flown before,
but now it’s got a payload that matters and competitors nipping at its heels. The second flight of the most powerful rocket
in operation is just days away. SpaceX is targeting April 10, Wednesday for
the next flight of its mega rocket, the Falcon Heavy which will fly for the first time since
its inaugural test last February, 2018. The behemoth will lift off from historic Pad
39A at Kennedy Space Center, directly across the Indian River from downtown Titusville,
Florida. It’s the first of a new generation of launch
vehicles that can take huge payloads to space cheaply and frequently, opening up a new frontier
in the space race. This April 5, afternoon a shiny new SpaceX
Falcon Heavy roared to life, as smoke billowed from its engines during a preflight test. The brief ignition, known as a static fire
test, is one of the last major milestones in launch preparations. This ensuring that all systems are working
properly and that the rocket is ready to fly. This static fire went so well, so, weather
permitting, takeoff should take place as scheduled at around 6:36 Wednesday evening
The SpaceX Falcon Heavy highly anticipated launch was initially scheduled for Sunday
night, then delayed until Tuesday. A threat of severe weather has now pushed
the launch to Wednesday. SpaceX CEO Elon Musk tweeted to explain why
the Falcon Heavy’s launch date is especially tentative. “Static fire data looks good so far, this
is first launch of Falcon Heavy Block 5, so we’re being extra cautious. Launch date might move.” Air Force Weather officials are predicting
a 30 percent chance of good launch conditions on Tuesday. That’s not great, but rockets have launched
in worse conditions. The primary concern with weather on Tuesday
will be clouds, rain and lightning moving over the Space Coast during the launch window. SpaceX delays the launch to Wednesday; weather
improves to an 80 percent chance. In this video, Engineering Today will discuss
the second flight of the most powerful rocket of SpaceX – Falcon Heavy. What’s the big deal for SpaceX Falcon Heavy? What’s Falcon Heavy launching? What should I expect to experience? So, Let’s get started. The SpaceX Falcon Heavy is scheduled to launch
a large communications satellite “Arabsat 6A”, built by Lockheed Martin into orbit
for the Saudi Arabian company Arabsat . The satellite is an advanced commercial communications
satellite, designed to provide internet and communications services to residents of the
Middle East, Africa and parts of Europe. This Arabsat 6A was originally slated to launch
in the third quarter of 2018, but the liftoff has slipped several months. The Block 5 rocket upgrade first debuted on
SpaceX Falcon 9 and added higher thrust on all of the engines, improved its landing legs,
and streamlined the reusability of its first stage. But with a multi-million dollar payload onboard,
SpaceX is taking extra precautions to avoid any potential problems. Florida sees dozens of launches a year from
Kennedy Space Center and Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. What makes the SpaceX Falcon Heavy launch
a feast for the eyes and ears is its power at liftoff and the encore triple-booster landing
after launch. SpaceX completed 21 successful launches last
year, becoming a crucial part of the infrastructure that puts satellites into orbit and sends
supplies to the International Space Station. Plus, Falcon Heavy’s maiden voyage went
almost perfectly. SpaceX Falcon Heavy is the most powerful rocket
flying today, but it has only one spaceflight under its belt so far. The reusable rocket’s one and only flight
took place February 6 of last year, ferrying Elon Musk’s now-infamous cherry-red Tesla
Roadster — “driven” by a spacesuit-wearing dummy named Starman — into an elliptical
orbit of Mars and Earth. That launch had the additional pizzazz of
being the biggest rocket since the Saturn era ended in the 1970s. The nearly flawless first launch, where SpaceX
successfully recovered its two side boosters, which simultaneously touch back down Earth
like a kind of choreographed rocket routine. But the main booster botched its landing on
a drone ship and crashed in the Atlantic Ocean, which Musk said was due to some of its return
engines failing to ignite during reentry. April 10 will be SpaceX Falcon Heavy’s next
opportunity to prove that its massive lift power is on track to begin tacking significantly
more ambitious commercial space missions. Why exactly is SpaceX Falcon Heavy important? After all, launch vehicles capable of putting
a hundred tons of material into or beyond orbit have existed since Apollo. Simply speaking, the difference comes down
to price. Putting anything into space is difficult enough. But heavier payloads get exponentially more
difficult to lift. As advances in materials and rocket engines
have progressed, they have disproportionately benefited small and medium launch vehicles. Combined with the decreasing size of satellite
payloads, this has created a new and promising era for small craft, which can be launched
in great numbers — as we’re seeing in the many promises to deploy constellations
thousands strong. Efficiently made disposables like Rocket Lab’s
Electron and reusable ones like the Falcon 9 have begun the process of pushing the price
of small and medium-size launches down to a fraction of what they once were. But heavy and super-heavy launch vehicles
have remained phenomenally expensive due to the fundamentally difficult nature of building
these physics-defying monsters. So while putting 10 tons in orbit has gotten
cheap enough that startups can do it, putting 100 tons up there remains the province of
global superpowers. SpaceX Falcon Heavy is really the first to
start a similar price shift for this category, cutting the cost of putting large payloads
up by a huge amount. And while an estimated price between $90 million
and $150 million per launch is hardly pocket change, it’s a whole lot less than the $350-$500
million a Delta IV might cost. SpaceX Falcon Heavy has already been certified
by the U.S. Air Force to fly national security payloads. SpaceX has even snagged a military mission
for the rocket — a $130 million deal to launch an Air Force Space Command satellite. The black-and-white colossus combines three
Falcon 9 first stages to form one 27-engine megarocket.. There are nine engines each in the first-stage
center core and two Falcon 9 boosters strapped to its side. The souped-up Falcon 9, dubbed the Block 5,
packs a much bigger punch. For comparison, SpaceX’s smaller rocket, the
Falcon 9, has one booster, nine Merlin engines and can generate more than 1.8 million pounds
of thrust. The first launch did not fully test Falcon
Heavy’s full power at liftoff. This second launch is expected to be even
more powerful, according to SpaceX CEO Elon Musk. He pointed out on Twitter that the Falcon
Heavy that flies this week could feature more than 5 million lbs. of thrust — roughly
a 10% more thrust capacity than before, which also translates to a better safety margin
if using less than its maximum. Onlookers got a taste of that increased performance
on April 5 as the rocket’s 27 first-stage engines fired in unison for a few seconds. In addition to the added thrust, the Block
5 Falcon 9 features myriad upgrades designed to facilitate reusability. Previous versions of the SpaceX Falcon 9 were
designed to only fly two to three times; the Block 5 is capable of flying as many as 10
times with little to no refurbishment in between flights, Musk has said. SpaceX Falcon Heavy is expected to launch
at 6:36 p.m. Wednesday. If all goes according to plan, the two side
boosters will touch down in unison on their designated landing pad at Cape Canaveral Air
Force Station, while the central booster will land at sea, on one of the company’s two
drone ships. SpaceX Falcon Heavy has little competition
at payloads above the 50-ton threshold, but below that the field is getting crowded. ULA, Ariane Group, Russia and China, even
upstart rival Blue Origin are preparing cheaper next-generation platforms to take part in
the new ecosystem. SpaceX’s long-term goal is to get organizations,
including NASA but also private companies, to commission it to send probes to far off
corners of the solar system or, perhaps, supplies to Mars. If conditions are prime and Falcon Heavy pulls
a flawless launch, we should expect to see it fly much more often in
the future.

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59 thoughts on “How SpaceX Falcon Heavy Went From Being Elon Musk’s Dream to First Commercial Launch of Arabsat-6A?

  1. Loving the new voice!
    The typing sound bite at the intro is a bit dated thought, time to replace it with something new. πŸ‘

  2. This was another great video on spacex .You must have done alot of research into it, thank you very much !!. I look forward to yr next one . AND NO I AM NOT GOING TO CRITICIZE YR VIDEO ON THE VOICE OR ENEY OTHER PART ,I APPRECIATE YR VIDEO'S JUST THE WAY THAY ARE .πŸ––

  3. Great content, voiceover guy is great, I think you could tighten up the edit a bit as there are some pregnant pauses in there but overall it’s solid. Keep up the great work. Go falcon heavy, go space x

  4. Engineering Today,
    Just one Falcon 9 is perfectly capable to lift 6000 kg load. why do they using falcon heavy for that?

  5. so glad you got a narrator, i was soo close to asking if you if a Scottish accent would be ok and offering my services

  6. Thank you for the video, I really enjoyed it.

    I rarely hit the notification bell as I don't like being bothered with nonsense. But, in your case, I have hit that bell and look forward to your next video, thank you.

  7. This guys voice is in many other videos on the net and not such great videos either lots of fake info trash. Total sell out the guy speaking had obviously got in contact with this video channel, OR he owns it anyhow, as said this voice is common as muck and used to death all over the place, sick of hearing it lol – find another voice maybe thats not attached to anything negative.

  8. I remember 10 years ago my teacher said something about sending radioactive waste to space. i was just wondering when would it be cheap enough to send nuclear wast out to space. if a 100 tone fright cost 300 mio $ = 3000$ per 1 kg. 1 mega watt/h produces 2.5 kg high radioactive waste. 7500 $ per megawatt sending that stuff to space. are my numbers right ? still very expensive!

  9. It always amazes me when Musk catches grief for being overly optimistic about progress on his rockets, or about launch dates. I think NASA was about six years late launching the first space shuttle, and every subsequent flight had about forty delays too. AND they still managed to blow up two of them, and fourteen astronauts, despite all their excessive caution, and "by-the-book" attention to detail. .

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  11. I have started thinking about starting my own channel. I like keeping up with what's happening with our ventures into space. This is a good example of quality video to learn from.

  12. Your headline makes no sense. Do you mean: "The SpaceX Falcon Heavy – How it Went From Being Elon Musk's Dream to Its First Commercial Launch of Arabsat-6A,?" The video was well written and nicely presented. As a network voice-over guy and coach, I will offer one comment about the talent: better than a computer voice by a factor of ten. Reads well and interpretation is pretty good. He does have one annoying "crutch," however, At the beginning of most sentences and to emphasize specific points his voice goes UP an octave into a higher register. In the V/O biz we call this "sing-songy" and it causes listener fatigue. He needs to practice not doing it. One way to practice is by using a second practice script that's identical to the original but with no periods. Take out all the periods; they are the brains cue to tighten the vocal chords and attack the next line. Most people read out loud this same way, but not pro V/O guys. Just trying to help. That was a thousand dollar lesson. πŸ™‚

  13. so I hope that everything goes well and that the company starts to profit a lot in these projects. because then I can rub in the face of the leftists that private companies are much more efficient than the state-owned enterprises.

  14. I had watched a few videos from this channel previously, however I could NOT stand that awful robot voice. It was a shame because this channel always had a plethora of valuable information. Glad to finally hear a human! A million times better my man, keep it up. +1 subscriber.

  15. I can save you 10 minutes. He did not shove his money down a hole in Ireland never to be seen or used by anyone again.

  16. No!! Why would you switch over to this voice actor!!!???? Anyone else but him! He does the voices on a bunch of nonsense top 10 videos and stupid consipracy channels. I have a permanent association with him and bad scripts and bad information. I like your channel but I can't stand this guys voice or previous career choices. . .

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    Easter Eggs , Stupid !!! The Cosmonauts Want An Easter Egg Basket Too.

  18. I’m pretty sure this voiceover is just a better robot voice that I’ve heard on other channels.

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