Published: Sun, January 28, 2018
Sci-tech | By Javier West

SpaceX Performs First 'static Fire' Of Falcon Heavy Rocket

SpaceX Performs First 'static Fire' Of Falcon Heavy Rocket

"Falcon Heavy hold-down firing this morning was good".

However, the tickets will be valid on the day of the launch of the first flight of the Falcon Heavy rocket.

The sheer power of Falcon Heavy is eminently clear in this lovely capture by Tom Cross. "Generated quite a thunderhead of steam", wrote SpaceX CEO Elon Musk in his Twitter post. "Easy viewing from the public causeway", Musk tweeted Saturday afternoon.

The cargo on board for this mission is a cherry red original model Tesla Roadster - and if things go very well, it'll be put into a long looping Mars orbit, a nod to everything Musk's ventures have accomplished thus far, and also what they hope to achieve in the future. This vital test helps engineers prepare for the launch itself.

The world's largest rocket is essentially a trio of Falcon 9 cores bound together.

The company now only operates the Falcon 9 rocket, which consists of a core first stage booster and a second stage.

Falcon Heavy is expected to weigh at least 3.1 million pounds and produce approximately 4.7 million pounds of thrust during takeoff.

After initial indications that Ariane 5 had an anomaly, the SES-14 satellite, as well as the other satellite on board (Al Yah 3), were both confirmed to be in lower-than-planned but stable orbits with their onboard propulsion systems capable of boosting the satellites to their intended orbit with full mission success expected/preserved.

He added that the mega-rocket's maiden launch could be just a week away or so. A plume of steam is created during static testing, however, that gives the impression of a rocket at liftoff. 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.

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