Space Exploration Technologies Corp. Launches its Biggest Rocket

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Space Exploration Technologies Corp. Launches its Biggest Rocket

The rocket is said to be the world's most powerful rocket.

According to Musk, Falcon Heavy's first flight will take place on February 6. "Easy viewing from the public causeway", founder and CEO Elon Musk tweeted.

SpaceX's three-core, 27-engine Falcon Heavy launch vehicle sits on pad 39A at Kennedy Space Center in December 2017.

Although no specific launch time was announced, the liftoff is likely to take place at 1:30 p.m. EST with a three-hour launch window.

America's SpaceX company has conducted a key test ahead of the maiden flight of its new rocket - the Falcon Heavy. Today he tweeted that February 6 is the date. Even before the inaugural flights of the purpose-built, highly reusable Block 5 of Falcon 9, now slated for sometime in the next several months, SpaceX is expected to conduct a flurry of flight-proven launches as it wears down its stock of soon-to-be-outdated rockets of the Block 3 and 4 varieties. 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.

If it does end up becoming commercially operational, Falcon Heavy will vastly increase the maximum weight that can be carried into low Earth orbit-where satellites generally go. SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket recieved certification for national security payloads in 2015, and Falcon Heavy will need to go through a similar process before it can be used in that capacity.

This carries with it more danger than littering on Earth-the Cassini space probe was deliberately destroyed in order to avoid Earth germs contaminating moons surrounding Saturn, and there's no way that SpaceX's sterilization protocols are as rigid as those at NASA.

The first mission for the Falcon Heavy will be to deliver a dummy payload into space. The three-core, 27-engine rocket is slated to launch from KSC in early 2018.

In May previous 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.

If you're in the Cape Canaveral area, locals say Parrish Park or Space View Park in Titusville, Florida offer a great view of the Falcon Heavy launch site.

The rocket weighs more than 3.1 million pounds and loaded with kerosene and liquid oxygen propellants.

Musk, who has a history of launching "silly" test payloads, seems to think his personal 2008 Tesla Roadster fits the bill: He intends to put the auto atop Falcon Heavy and fly it out to Mars orbit next week.

The Falcon Heavy is basically three Falcon 9 cores strapped together. SpaceX Rendering: The two side boosters separating from the center core of Falcon Heavy.

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