SpaceX Falcon Heavy Finally Revealed

SpaceX Falcon Heavy Finally Revealed

Meanwhile at Kennedy Space Center, SpaceX is moving along with preparations for the maiden flight of the Falcon Heavy rocket.

It is now expected to undergo a static fire test that will be the first time that all of the Falcon Heavy's 27 Merlin engines will be fired at once. Ahead of the static fire test, the California-based spaceflight company released a drone video and high quality images of its new bird. That static fire test is not expected to take place until after the Falcon 9 launch of a classified payload codenamed "Zuma" from nearby Space Launch Complex 40.

Zuma payload was prepared by Northrop Grumman with SpaceX on behalf of the USA government.

After the launch, SpaceX will attempt to land all three cores of the Falcon Heavy-the two side boosters on ground-based landing pads at Cape Canaveral, where they will touch down nearly simultaneously, and the central core on a drone ship out in the Atlantic.

Elon Musk is ready for the SpaceX crew to have a very productive 2018. This vehicle will be the most powerful rocket in the world by a factor of two, but SpaceX founder Elon Musk has been clear that the Falcon Heavy could very well explode instead of blast into space. "Launch end of the month", he wrote.

Musk wrote, "The payload will be an original Tesla Roadster, playing Space Oddity, on a billion year elliptic Mars orbit".

As with the Falcon 9, the first stage of the rocket will return to Earth. Guaranteed to be exciting, one way or another, ' Musk originally posted.

The Falcon Heavy has been in development for the last several years.

SpaceX has been working on the Falcon Heavy rocket for years, and announced this fall that work to build an even bigger rocket that will be capable of transporting humans to Mars was already underway.

The fact that the country managed to carry out so many launches to orbit was mainly achieved on the back of private-sector launch growth.

"I hope it makes it far enough away from the pad that it does not cause pad damage".

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