SpaceX Aims to Finally Launch Falcon Heavy Next Week
30 January, 2018, 01:54 | Author: Harriet Bell
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). It will lift off from the Apollo launchpad 39A at Cape Kennedy, Musk tweeted.
SpaceX teams have fueled the 230-foot-tall Falcon Heavy rocket at pad 39A at least twice ahead of the static test fire, which is essentially a test before the test. Engineers will examine data from the 12-second firing of the rocket's 27 Merlin main engines before giving the all clear to launch on its premiere mission.
The 3.1 million pound-rocket is created to generate almost 5 million pounds of thrust at launch, the report added. SpaceX SpaceX's FalconHeavy rocket is seen here at a Kennedy Space Center hangar. The FalconHeavy will use 27. The important thing here is that his FalconHeavy is finally ready, and before long, it's going to be sending big, heavy things to and from space on a regular basis.
The FalconHeavy is a triple-size version of Falcon 9 which is the frequent flier of SpaceX and it is custom-made for spacecraft that is headed to the planet Mars or the moon. 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.
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The rocket weighs more than 3.1 million pounds and loaded with kerosene and liquid oxygen propellants.
Elon Musk has said the rocket will carry a red TeslaRoadster into space, eventually to a Mars orbit, where it should remain "for a billion years or so if it doesn't blow up on ascent". 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. Elon Musk posted it on Twitter.
FalconHeavy is expected to cost about $90 million per launch, compared to about $62 million for a Falcon 9 launch. During the first launch, FalconHeavy's engines will be throttled to 92 percent of full power. The first stage of the FalconHeavy is composed of three cores - a center core and two side boosters that are connected at the base and top of the center core's liquid oxygen tank. Tom will be heading to Cape Canaveral Air Force Station early tomorrow morning in order to set up his remote cameras to capture yet another handsome SpaceX launch.
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