Falcon Heavy to take first flight Feb

Nettie James
January 28, 2018

"Generated quite a thunderhead of steam", wrote SpaceX CEO Elon Musk in his Twitter post. "Launching in a week or so".

SpaceX is aiming to launch its Falcon Heavy rocket on February 6, according to CEO Elon Musk.

When Falcon Heavy launches, it will blast off from NASA Kennedy Space Center's Launchpad 39A with approximately 5 million pounds of thrust.

After going through multiple delays, it was finally time for what is touted as the world's most powerful rocket to complete its static firing test.

SpaceX also has a busy few weeks coming up, with its next Falcon 9 launch expected from Florida on, potentially overlapping with Musk's declared timeline for the Falcon Heavy.

The Falcon 9 is now used to hoist satellites and supplies to the International Space Station.

Normally, that means sending a concrete mass into orbit, but Musk decided instead to send his original Tesla Roadster into an orbit around the Sun.

He specified that it is the "no earlier than" date and that it could still change, but as of right now, it is the planned launch date.

SpaceX advertises that the Falcon Heavy will be able to lift 140,660 pounds of cargo to low-Earth orbit, 37,040 pounds to Mars, and 7,720 pounds to Pluto.

"I love the thought of a vehicle drifting apparently endlessly through space and perhaps being discovered by an alien race millions of years in the future", Musk wrote. Musk has repeatedly warned the rocket could explode. But Musk's confirmation gives us something to look forward to that's far more specific.

It is a variant of the Falcon 9 launch vehicle and consists of a strengthened Falcon 9 rocket core with two additional Falcon 9 first stages as strap-on boosters.

Launch viewing tickets through Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex went on sale Thursday and quickly sold out for the closest "Feel the Heat" spots at the Apollo/Saturn V Center.

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