Elon Musk proclaims an early February launch plan for Falcon Heavy

Laura Christensen
January 30, 2018

There's a good chance, according to SpaceNews, that the Falcon Heavy will take off during a scheduled launch window at 1:30 p.m. on February 6, a Tuesday.

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. The company says the Falcon Heavy has more lift capacity than any USA launch since the last Saturn V in the 1970s.

However, Musk has often said that Falcon Heavy could fail - as in, explode. A couple of months ago Musk had announced that his cherry red Tesla Roadster sports auto would be the dummy payload aboard the Falcon Heavy.

"Easy viewing from the public causeway". If you decide to watch it online, SpaceX has a webcast every time there is a launch where you can witness the Falcon Heavy take off from the comfort of your desk. It's basically three Falcon 9 rockets - the current SpaceX standard-bearer - strapped together.

According to Musk, Falcon Heavy's first flight will take place on February 6.

"That requires the simultaneous ignition of 27 orbit-class engines".

The 70m-tall Falcon Heavy is created to put up to a maximum of 64 tonnes in low-Earth orbit, although in reality it will be rare that the vehicle lofts this much mass.

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SpaceX hopes the rocket will one day carry a human crew into space. The new rocket should be capable of carrying 63,800 kg (almost 141,000 lbs.) to low earth orbit (LEO).

SpaceX has finally set the date for the launch of its eagerly awaited Falcon Heavy rocket.

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.

The Falcon 9 is now used to hoist satellites and supplies to the International Space Station.

"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.

According to experts, 92% of the thrust would be enough for the first launch. The launch is from Kennedy Space Center's Launch Complex 39A, which SpaceX leases from NASA. 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.

It is reasonable to assume that the first successful flights of Falcon 9 Block 5 and first several manufactured cores will be followed only months later by a phase change towards reusability.

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