SpaceX Aims to Finally Launch Falcon Heavy Next Week


"Only the Saturn V moon rocket, last flown in 1973, delivered more payload to orbit", said SpaceX. Everybody is ready for the Falcon Heavy launch.

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".

In December, the rocket went vertical at the launch pad for the first time, and over the course of the following weeks SpaceX conducted multiple fueling tests known as wet dress rehearsals, where the rocket was filled with propellant and all systems were checked short of engine ignition.

Putting an end to all the hustle and bustle, SpaceX has finally announced the launch date of the maiden flight of its Falcon Heavy Rocket.

The Falcon Heavy rocket consists of 3 Falcon 9 first stages, and each Falcon 9 rocket is powered by 9 Merlin engines. It will pack almost 4.7 million pounds of thrust - much more power than any launcher has generated.

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If the launch is successful, the Falcon Heavy, with a lifting capacity of 54 tons to low-Earth orbit, will be twice as powerful as any rocket in current operation. The mammoth craft is set to become the most powerful operational rocket in the world when it lifts off. Space fans can travel to the KSC visitor complex to watch the launch.

The demonstration flight of Falcon Heavy will carry a dummy payload, although a simple weight is too boring for Musk.

Elon Musk has said the rocket will carry a red Tesla Roadster into space, eventually to a Mars orbit, where it should remain "for a billion years or so if it doesn't blow up on ascent".

In May a year ago, SpaceX released a video showing the Falcon Heavy's core engines going through their first static test, an indication of a real possible launch.