WATCH AGAIN: Fiery nighttime launch for SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket

Rocket launched from Kennedy Space Center

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. – SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy rocket launched the ViaSat-3 Americas mission Sunday evening from Kennedy Space Center with a beautiful nighttime view.

The rocket was originally scheduled to go up from Launch Complex 39A during a 57-minute launch window that opened at 7:29 p.m.

But SpaceX pushed the launch toward the end of the window because of ground winds, launching it about an hour later.

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The launch was delayed from Saturday to Sunday due to severe weather in the forecast at the time. All of that followed a scrub on Friday and another on Thursday, also due to the weather, and a delay from Wednesday to review data.

Making up the rocket’s two payloads are a ViaSat-3 communications satellite and a small communications satellite named Arcturus, the latter unit deployed on behalf of Astranis.

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View from Canaveral Groves near Cocoa! What a beautiful night for a Falcon Heavy launch

Daniel R. Dahm

Falcon Heavy putting on a show!

Allison McGinley

falcon heavy from Sanford


Tonight's rocket launch from our front yard. Orange Avenue going toward Kissimmee.


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