SpaceX Adjusts Launch Time for First Falcon Heavy Night Flight

Space.com | 5/3/2012 | Meghan Bartels
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CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — SpaceX is waiting until late in its 4-hour window to fire the engines on the massive Falcon Heavy rocket currently sitting on a launch pad here at Kennedy Space Center.

The company announced on Twitter that it would be targeting 2:30 a.m. EDT (0630 GMT) on June 25, three hours into the launch window for the mission. The statement didn't offer any details about why the decision was made. The mission will launch two dozen satellites into orbit, including payloads for NASA, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), The Planetary Society and a host of universities.

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"[T]eam completed additional ground system checkouts. Vehicle and payload continue to look good," a company spokesperson wrote.

When it takes place, the launch will be the first night flight of the Falcon Heavy and the vehicle's first launch to loft multiple satellites into orbit. It will be the rocket's third flight overall,...
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