SpaceX Completes Falcon Heavy Initial Static Fire Test
28 January, 2018, 00:52 | Author: Kristen Ingram
The developers posted a video on their social media accounts with a caption that read, "First static fire test of Falcon Heavy complete-one step closer to first test flight!"
Shortly after the extended test firing, Elon Musk took to Twitter to announce that it had been successful, as well as a launch date within "a week or so". "Generated quite a thunderhead of steam", Musk tweeted about an hour after the test. "Launching in a week or so".
The Feb. 6 date could shift, as SpaceX also has a Falcon 9 launch on January 30 for Luxemburg satellite manufacture SES on neighboring Cape Canaveral Air Force Space Launch Complex 40. Meanwhile, the central core booster will continue firing a bit longer before switching off its nine engines to land on a SpaceX recovery barge floating in the middle of the Atlantic ocean. Musk, who also heads other ground-breaking companies like The Boring Company and Tesla, announced past year that the Falcon Heavy will first take to the skies carrying a very important payload: his prototype Tesla Roadster.
For this first launch, the outer rocket cores are refurbished Falcon 9 first-stage boosters from previous launches. But Musk's confirmation gives us something to look forward to that's far more specific.
It's also enough thrust to launch payloads to the Moon or Mars, so the Falcon Heavy is the key component in SpaceX's bigger ambitions.
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