SpaceX Falcon Heavy launch of ViaSat-3 Americas satellites scrubbed due to weather

SpaceX has once again delayed the launch of the ViaSat-3 Americas communications satellites by another day, this time due to inclement weather. The Falcon Heavy rocket that will carry the satellites into orbit is now expected to launch on Friday. 

The 57-minute launch window will open at 7:29 p.m., and SpaceX's live broadcast ahead of the launch is scheduled to begin at 7:15 p.m., according to SpaceX's website.

Residents along Florida's Space Coast are familiar with a typical Falcon 9 rocket configuration. A Falcon Heavy configuration includes a center core on which two Falcon 9 boosters are attached, with the second stage atop the center core. 

ViaSat-3 is a constellation of three ultra-high-capacity, Ka-band satellites expected to increase our global coverage and network capacity to bring connectivity where needed. When fully operational, the network is expected to enable billions — in homes and businesses, on planes and at sea, and in communities that were once off the grid — to connect with the people and information they need.

ViaSat-3 constellation at a glance

  • Spectrum: The ViaSat-3 constellation operates on Ka-band
  • Coverage: The ViaSat-3 constellation is designed to cover North and South America, Europe, Africa, Middle East, and Asia Pacific
  • Speed: Each ViaSat-3 satellite is planned to have the ability to deliver download speeds of up to 100+ of  Mbps
  • Capacity: Each satellite is anticipated to deliver at least 1 Terabit of throughput data per second (1Tbps)
  • Weight: Each satellite is expected to weigh approximately 6 metric tons