Watch SpaceX's second Falcon Heavy launch LIVE from 5 miles away!

The SpaceX Falcon Heavy launch of the Arabsat-6A satellite at NASA's Kennedy Space Center on Thursday evening was successful. The upper level wind shear was unacceptable, and with a poor forecast, it just didn't make sense to load liquid hydrogen and oxygen on the rocket. It's nearly certainly still in orbit around the sun with a mannequin at the wheel. Earth-based telescopes may be able to see him in the early 2020s, certainly no later than 2047.

SpaceX tweeted Thursday "all weather and systems are now go", so provided the pesky Floridian weather stays that way, it should be full steam ahead. The second-ever launch of the Falcon Heavy rocket was supposed to happen on Sunday, and then again on Tuesday, and yet again on Wednesday.

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The Falcon Heavy is the most powerful rocket in use today. The first retrieval didn't go so well for the poor old core booster, which missed the landing and plunged into the ocean after delivering the Roadster to orbit in February past year.

After the launch, Falcon Heavy's center core made a successful vertical landing on the "Of Course I Still Love You" droneship in the Atlantic Ocean. It will include coverage of the landing attempts and satellite deploy.

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