SpaceX's first Falcon Heavy rocket launch scheduled for 6 February

SpaceX's first Falcon Heavy rocket launch scheduled for 6 February

In May past year, SpaceX released a video showing the Falcon Heavy's core engines going through their first static test, an indication of a real possible launch.

After years and years of work, SpaceX how has an official launch date for the rocket. "Easy viewing from the public causeway", Musk tweeted Saturday afternoon.

The Falcon Heavy underwent fit checks and fueling tests at the Launch Pad 39A since it was raised at the space facility last December 28, 2017. It's built by SpaceX - the industry-disrupting rocket maker started by billionaire Elon Musk.

Space Exploration Technologies Corp. or SpaceX as it is known as in the business world has fired up its biggest and newest rocket in a pivotal launch pad test of The National Aeronautics and Space Administration last Wednesday, making a much and long expected advancement towards a test flight and that too in just a week.

"I love the thought of a auto drifting apparently endlessly through space and perhaps being discovered by an alien race millions of years in the future", Musk wrote. "There's a lot that could go wrong there", Musk said. It is likely that the main objective of Falcon Heavy's extended static fire was to ensure that SpaceX had developed a safe and functional method of igniting all 27 engines without damaging itself, a real risk from the torque of each engine's turbopump operating in the same orientation.

The Falcon Heavy will be the first spacecraft to deliver large payloads to low-Earth orbit inside a composite fairing.

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The U.S. Air Force also plans to use a Falcon Heavy to launch a payload dubbed STP-2, which will include some weather forecasting satellites, later this year.

And, compared to rockets that better rival the Falcon Heavy's power, it's a bargain.

Somewhat sadly, the inherent engineering limits of older versions of Falcon 9 and the imminent introduction of Block 5 mean that SpaceX has less and less of a need to recover flight proven boosters that have no hope of being cost-effectively refurbished and conducting additional flights. A minimum of six more reused Falcon 9s are then expected to fly between May and the end of 2018, and this nearly certainly does not account for the imminent introduction of Block 5. The three-core, 27-engine rocket is slated to launch from KSC in early 2018. The launch is from Kennedy Space Center's Launch Complex 39A, which SpaceX leases from NASA. This makes it 45% more expensive than the Falcon 9, a rocket that has been traditionally used by SpaceX for most of its missions.

The launch will be like three normal SpaceX launches happening simultaneously.

The launch can be watched live.

SpaceX will test-fire the rocket's 27 engines at the pad Monday.

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