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SpaceX Announces Falcon Heavy Launch Date


SpaceNews reported that although Musk did not reveal a time for the launch, SpaceX has reserved a three-hour launch window opening at 20:30 South African time. 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 first flight of the Falcon Heavy comes after a successful engine firing test last week that ignited the rocket's main engines. During its lift off from the launch pad, the Falcon Heavy rocket will generate around 4.7 million pounds of thrust and thrust is way higher than the current leader the European Ariane 5 launcher, which produces around 2.9 million pounds of thrust. "Easy viewing from the public causeway", Musk tweeted Saturday afternoon.

As proof of the Falcon Heavy's capabilities, and in reverence to Elon Musk's obsession with conquering space travel, the rocket's first mission will involve transporting a midnight cherry Tesla Roadster into space, bound for an orbit around the distant planet of Mars.

SpaceX intends to land the rocket's boosters back on Earth after launch - as is the company's usual practice today with the Falcon 9 - and that necessarily negates some performance.

But the most thrilling part of the next week's launch is probably not going to be the most powerful rocket in the world since the space shuttle erupting from Kennedy Space Center. It features three Falcon 9 first-stage boosters joined together with a second-stage on the middle one.

"Falcon Heavy requires the simultaneous ignition of 27 orbital-class engines".

If it does end up becoming commercially operational, Falcon Heavy will vastly increase the maximum weight that can be carried into low Earth orbit-where satellites generally go.


The first mission for the Falcon Heavy will be to deliver a dummy payload into space.

The Flacon Heavy rocket will launch February 6, 2018. SpaceX SpaceX's Falcon Heavy rocket is seen here at a Kennedy Space Center hangar.

The Tesla will be mounted inside the Falcon Heavy's upper covering and will boost into a heliocentric orbit around the sun on trajectory as far away as the orbit of Mars.

"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.

Instead, Mr Musk has made a decision to put his old sportscar on the top of the Falcon Heavy.

According to experts, 92% of the thrust would be enough for the first launch. Tom will be heading to Cape Canaveral Air Force Station early tomorrow morning in order to set up his remote cameras to capture yet another handsome SpaceX launch.

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