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SpaceX Aims to Finally Launch Falcon Heavy Next Week

30 January 2018, 01:25 | Colleen Roy

SpaceX Confirms Date for First Falcon Heavy Launch

Elon Musk Says SpaceX's Falcon Heavy Will Be Ready For Launch On February 6

Although Musk did not inform about the exact launch time of the Falcon heavy, Space X has planned a three-hour launch window that opens at 1:30 p.m. EST (1830 GMT).

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. The most powerful rocket in history was NASA's Saturn V rocket, which was used for the Apollo moon landings and was retired in the 1970s. SpaceX Concept image of a SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket and Dragon capsule launching from Kennedy Space Center.

The company has also set a backup launch date which will be available the following day. "Easy viewing from the public causeway", Musk tweeted Saturday afternoon.

The 230 feet tall Falcon Heavy rocket has a strengthened central core Falcon 9 rocket along with another two Falcon 9 first stages as strap-on boosters. That's been customary ever since a Falcon 9 exploded during a 2016 practice engine firing, destroying both rocket and satellite.

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.

Musk made a decision to put the vehicle on the Falcon Heavy mostly out of a sense of whimsy.

The heavy system is created to carry heavier payloads into orbit and eventually take humans to Mars, with reusable vehicles that lower costs.

SpaceX successfully test-fired its first Falcon Heavy rocket on Wednesday. The new rocket should be capable of carrying 63,800 kg (almost 141,000 lbs.) to low earth orbit (LEO).

The Falcon Heavy roared quite shortly to life for the very first time at the Kennedy Space Center of The National Aeronautics and Space Administration or NASA. The Falcon Heavy is regarded as one of the most powerful rockets in the world and it promises to revolutionize space travel over the coming few years. The rocket would give the payload a boost away from Earth which would create enough velocity to deliver the payload into a heliocentric orbit around the sun on a trajectory that takes it as far away as the orbit of Mars. During the first launch, Falcon Heavy's engines will be throttled to 92 percent of full power.

The first Falcon Heavy mission will even use two refurbished boosters from previous Falcon 9 missions.

The inaugural flight will blast off from Apollo launchpad 39A at the John F Kennedy Space Center (KSC), Meritt Island, Florida.

SpaceX is taking its sweet time preparing for launch.

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