Space X's Falcon Heavy finally fires up for the first time

The Falcon Heavy which will be able to carry more than 140,000 pounds to low Earth orbit in a hangar at Cape Canaveral. The Heavy could launch by the end of the month

The company didn't immediately release details about the test, including the precise length of the static fire and the performance of the 27 Merlin engines in the three boosters. This test indicates SpaceX is moving closer to a launch date for its new heavy-lift vehicle.

In a Washington, D.C., speech last July the Tesla founder which said Falcon Heavy is one of the most hard and technically complex projects SpaceX has ever undertaken. The likelihood of explosions didn't stop the entrepreneur from loading his own midnight cherry red Tesla Roadster into the nosecone as a test payload. Musk has repeatedly warned the rocket could explode.

And while Launchpad 39A was where the Saturn V was launched with the crew of Apollo 11, as well as being the site for the Space Shuttle program, Cape Canaveral has never seen a hold-down fire as powerful as the one conducted with Falcon Heavy.

He said last month that he wants to send the auto to "Mars orbit".

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Some space advocates think Falcon Heavy could offer a quicker, cheaper path for NASA to send astronauts back to the moon. At a conference in July, Musk said, "I hope it makes it far enough beyond the pad so that it does not cause pad damage".

Musk has said the payload "will be in deep space for a billion years or so if it doesn't blow up on ascent". If all goes well, the rocket could be well on its way to fulfilling its role in helping humans reach Mars. The Falcon Heavy will be able to carry more than 140,000 pounds to low-Earth orbit, or more than twice as much as current competing rockets.

The side boosters will jettison from the Falcon Heavy's core around two-and-a-half minutes after liftoff, then return to land at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, where SpaceX has upgraded its rocket landing zone for two simultaneous touchdowns. His entrepreneurial spirit has extended beyond automotive pursuits into areas as weird as The Boring Company - a business he intends to use to spearhead a network of high-speed underground tunnels to trim his LA commute - and as lofty as SpaceX, an effort Musk hopes will eventually put earthlings on Mars. Falcon Heavy's launch date has been pushed back multiple times, but shouldn't really come as a surprise due to the complexity of the rocket, and the fact that it's the largest since the Saturn Vs that took us to the moon. "It also impacts critical missions for our customers, including important worldwide allies scheduled to launch shortly from Cape Canaveral and Vandenberg Air Force Base, as well as upcoming missions this spring to resupply the global Space Station".

In 2011, Musk said he expected that the Heavy would have its first flight in 2014.

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