Falcon Heavy’s second launch of 2023 is being prepared for liftoff with the ViaSat-3 Americas satellite as the main payload, plus the much smaller Arcturus and G-Space 1 rideshare satellites.
Liftoff was scheduled for Wednesday, April 26, at 7:29 PM EDT (23:29 UTC) at the start of a 57-minute window. However, SpaceX has since delayed it to Thursday. The launch will take place from Launch Complex 39A at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, as it is currently the only Falcon Heavy-capable launch pad.
This flight — the sixth overall for Falcon Heavy — had been scheduled for April 18 but was delayed after its preflight static fire. The firing was not nominal and revealed at least one undisclosed issue with the vehicle that needed to be corrected in the hangar. Accordingly, SpaceX replaced two engines on Falcon Heavy’s first stage.