SpaceX Completes Falcon Heavy Initial Static Fire Test

SpaceX's Falcon Heavy completes hold-down firing test

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

The Falcon Heavy rocket ignited all 27 engines of its first-stage at about 12:30 p.m.

The sheer power of Falcon Heavy is eminently clear in this attractive capture by Tom Cross. "Generated quite a thunderhead of steam", Musk wrote.

The Falcon Heavy in early February is based on public statements by Elon Musk and Gwynne Shotwell, SpaceX's President and COO.

If successful, his red sports auto will end up in orbit around the sun, traveling as far out as Mars.

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. It is seen as the world's most powerful rocket since NASA's Saturn V.


NASASpaceFlight reports SpaceX is preparing for a possible launch on February 6, with a backup date of February 7.

The company now only operates the Falcon 9 rocket, which consists of a core first stage booster and a second stage.

By comparison, the liftoff thrust of the Falcon Heavy equals approximately eighteen 747 aircraft at full power. It can take 140,660 pounds into low Earth orbit.

SpaceX is one step closer to launching its much-anticipated Falcon Heavy rocket.

Wednesday's static fire is one of the last major tests for the rocket before its maiden flight, expected to occur sometime within the next two weeks. It was initially announced in 2011, and it remained for years a goal in SpaceX's horizon, since there have been several frustrating attempts on test runs in 2015 and 2016, given the fact that the Heavy Falcon is already assembled and ready for takeoff, it is safe to say that failed attempts pushed SpaceX to this point. In comparison, the company's Falcon 9 rocket, used to launch Zuma and to deliver cargo to and from the International Space Station, only has nine engines.

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