Wednesday 24th Jan 2018 SpaceX successfully performed a static fire test which means they check where the rocket’s first-stage engines fire while the rocket itself sites vertical at launch complex 39A at the NASA Kennedy Space Center in Florida.
Falcon Heavy hold-down firing this morning was good. Generated quite a thunderhead of steam. Launching in a week or so. pic.twitter.com/npaqatbNir
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) January 24, 2018
The Falcon Heavy’s first stage composes of three 9 engine Falcon 9 cores. The US Air Force command said it remains confident in the company’s capabilities.
First static fire test of Falcon Heavy complete—one step closer to first test flight! pic.twitter.com/EZF4JOT8e4
— SpaceX (@SpaceX) January 24, 2018
Elon Musk has said that the payload for the maiden flight will be his own Tesla Roadster sports car.
Payload will be my midnight cherry Tesla Roadster playing Space Oddity. Destination is Mars orbit. Will be in deep space for a billion years or so if it doesn’t blow up on ascent.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) December 2, 2017
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