With the all-important Demo-1 launch complete, SpaceX has quickly begun converting Pad 39A to ready it for Falcon Heavy flights. The launch provider is expected to fly not one but two Falcon Heavy missions within the coming months as part of an exciting manifest that also includes the first dedicated Starlink mission.
Almost immediately following the Demo-1 launch, SpaceX technicians were back to work at Pad 39A to reconfigure the hold down clamps from the Falcon 9 to the Falcon Heavy configuration.
The reaction frame – which supports the base of the rocket during the countdown – requires four hold down clamps for Falcon 9 and eight hold down clamps for Falcon Heavy.
The two Falcon 9 hold down clamps circled in red are removed for Falcon Heavy. Six more are then added. Credit: NSF Forum
With Falcon Heavy’s Arabsat 6A mission the next from the pad, SpaceX is working quickly to perform the conversion. In the future, SpaceX hopes to be able to convert from the Falcon 9 to the Falcon Heavy setup in only a week, but it is understood that it may take a bit of practice to reach that speed.
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