SpaceX Completes Falcon Heavy Initial Static Fire Test

A test-firing of the Falcon Heavy rocket

Elon Musk's unbelievable plan to use his own Tesla Roadster as the demonstration payload for the inaugural test launch of SpaceX's new rocket, the Falcon Heavy, is reportedly set to happen on February 6.

According to SpaceX, this is over twice the capacity of United Launch Alliance's proven Delta IV Heavy at one-third of the cost.

CEO said in a tweet shortly after that the test firing "was good", adding that Falcon Heavy will launch "in a week or so". Generated quite a thunderhead of steam. "Launching in a week or so".

Falcon Heavy looks like three Falcon 9 cores strapped together, but that's a simplification - Musk said teams had to strengthen the airframe to account for thrust changes, re-examine aerodynamics and account for altered acoustics thanks to three time as many engines as a typical Falcon 9 mission.

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This was the first time SpaceX fired up Falcon Heavy, in a typical test that is critical to preparing a rocket for launch. It will take off from launchpad 39A, which once launched Apollo and Space Shuttle missions. The company has 30 flights planned over the next 11 months. The company has done a lot of preparation and simulation, but you can't know how a rocket's going to behave in the air until it actually launches. Musk notes that there will be "Easy viewing from the public causeway".

Moreover, the SES corporation - one of two of SpaceX's most prominent commercial customers - was the first of SpaceX's customers to publicly confirm that they had reviewed the available data of Falcon 9's performance following the Zuma launch and could confirm that the Falcon 9 performed perfectly during its 8 January 2018 launch.

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. The rocket would also become NASA's preferred way of reaching the moon or Mars with a crew astronauts.

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