SpaceX Announces Falcon Heavy Launch Date

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Nick Ayers, chief of staff for Vice President Mike Pence has tweeted that there are major positive ramifications for the U.S. space industry is this [SpaceX Falcon Heavy] launch goes according to plan. Both these rockets were more powerful than Falcon Heavy.

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

The Falcon 9 is regularly utilized for the objective of hoisting space station cargo and satellites. From the sound of it, Musk expects the vehicle to be in orbit around Mars for "millions of years", potentially being discovered at some point in the future by an alien race once our own species has long since died off.


"Due to the shutdown removing key members of the civilian workforce, the 45th Space Wing will not be able to support commercial static fires taking place on (Kennedy Space Center)", the Wing said, further noting that launch operations at Kennedy Space Center and Cape Canaveral Air Force Station also are on hold until the shutdown is resolved.

Musk describes the auto as being his own, but considering that he essentially owns all unsold Roadsters, and won't exactly be driving this one any time soon, this claim to personal ownership feels symbolic at best. 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.

SpaceX successfully test-fired its first Falcon Heavy rocket on Wednesday.


Musk chimed in a few days later to confirm the tentative date of the rocket's maiden flight: "Aiming for first flight of Falcon Heavy on Feb 6 from Apollo launchpad 39A at Cape Kennedy".

Falcon Heavy is essentially the company's Falcon 9 times three. During the first launch, Falcon Heavy's engines will be throttled to 92 percent of full power. The Falcon Heavy will use 27.

The Falcon Heavy is basically three Falcon 9 cores strapped together. But if there are delays beyond that, all bets are off - the federal government is now funded through February 8, and a government shutdown could stall the launch, since the US Air Force must oversee rocket launches from Cape Canaveral.


SpaceX will webcast the launch. Space fans can travel to the KSC visitor complex to watch the launch. Now only remains certain mandatory tests of the rocket and the pad systems for making sure that they are working as expected after certain months of inactivity.

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