SpaceX Confirms Date for First Falcon Heavy Launch

30 January, 2018, 01:22 | Author: Brian Mcdaniel
  • SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy rocket on Kennedy Space Center’s launch pad 39A. Credit SpaceX

Described as the world's most powerful rocket built to date, the Falcon Heavy stands at 229 feet and measures 40 feet wide. Capable of carrying a payload of 140,000 pounds into low Earth orbit, the rocket is only beaten by the Saturn V Apollo moon program rocket, which could carry up to 310,000 pounds.

The first flight will carry a dummy payload, though Musk has joked about using the rocket to carry a Tesla Roadster into space (which might actually be the case, judging from pre-release photos of the auto sitting in the Falcon Heavy's payload chamber).

The heavy system is created to carry heavier payloads into orbit and eventually take humans to Mars, with reusable vehicles that lower costs. SpaceX Concept image of a SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket and Dragon spacecraft launching from Kennedy Space Center. He also said that the launch would happen in "a week or so".

The engines are split between three Falcon 9 boosters and generate thrust equal to about 18 Boeing 747 aircraft. It has also been in development for quite some time now.

"I love the thought of a auto drifting apparently endlessly through space and perhaps being discovered by an alien race millions of years in the future", Musk wrote.

Musk plans to launch his own red Tesla Roadster with the rocket as a test payload. SpaceX SpaceX's Falcon Heavy rocket is seen here at a Kennedy Space Center hangar. Generally rocket launch dates aren't set in stone as there are many variables that can affect liftoff.

And, compared to rockets that better rival the Falcon Heavy's power, it's a bargain.

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The Falcon Heavy is the rocket Musk says will eventually carry humans to Mars for SpaceX's dubiously safe human habitation project. A minimum of six more reused Falcon 9s are then expected to fly between May and the end of 2018, and this nearly certainly does not account for the imminent introduction of Block 5. Literally, three SpaceX Falcon boosters will be strapped together.

However, the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex will remain open, but there will be no bus tours inside the space center. Informing everyone about the maiden Falcon Heavy flight Elon Musk took to Tweeter and said, "Aiming for first flight of Falcon Heavy on February 6 from Apollo launchpad 39A at Cape Kennedy".

The Flacon Heavy rocket will launch February 6, 2018.

"Twenty-seven engines are firing simultaneously", Musk said at the March press conference.

SpaceX will webcast the launch.

Follow along live as launch photographer Tom Cross and I cover these exciting proceedings as close to live as possible. Now only remains certain mandatory tests of the rocket and the pad systems for making sure that they are working as expected after certain months of inactivity.

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