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SpaceX sets historic first Falcon Heavy launch for February 6

28 January 2018

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.

The Falcon Heavy platform has been in development since 2011, though the complexities of balancing what is effectively three individual Falcon 9 rockets secured to one another proved more hard to overcome than originally anticipated, leading to a series of delays that have pushed the inaugural launch of the Falcon Heavy into 2018.

The long-anticipated test flight will carry up a Tesla Roadster belonging to Elon Musk, who heads both the rocket and electric vehicle companies. "Launching in a week or so".

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Comprised of three reusable Falcon 9 rocket cores strapped together, the spacecraft is one of the most powerful ever made.

On January 24th Elon Musk stated through his official Twitter account that the heavy falcon was ready to go "Falcon Heavy hold-down firing this morning was good". It is likely that the main goal 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.

World's most powerful rocket Falcon Heavy.

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For this first launch, the outer rocket cores are refurbished Falcon 9 first-stage boosters from previous launches. The rocket will launch no earlier than February 6th, with a window of 1:30 PM ET to 4:30 PM ET. According to SpaceX, the Falcon Heavy could carry over 37,000 pounds to Mars.

The Falcon Heavy can carry one of the largest payloads in the history of space travel. But Musk's confirmation gives us something to look forward to that's far more specific. Musk said in July that developing the new rocket has proven more challenging than expected.

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SpaceX sets historic first Falcon Heavy launch for February 6