SpaceX - Falcon Heavy Test Flight patch.
Feb. 6, 2018
Falcon Heavy Test Flight lift off
The first test flight of Falcon Heavy lift off today at 3:45 PM ET from Launch Complex 39A at Kennedy Space Center in Florida.
Falcon Heavy Test Flight
When Falcon Heavy lifts off, it will be the most powerful operational rocket in the world by a factor of two. With the ability to lift into orbit nearly 64 metric tons (141,000 lb)---a mass greater than a 737 jetliner loaded with passengers, crew, luggage and fuel--Falcon Heavy can lift more than twice the payload of the next closest operational vehicle, the Delta IV Heavy, at one-third the cost. Falcon Heavy draws upon the proven heritage and reliability of Falcon 9. SpaceX's First Falcon Heavy Rocket Launches Tesla Electric Car to Leave Earth.
Image above: A “Starman” in a red Roadster: SpaceX’s Tesla Roadster and spacesuited mannequin driver set to launch on the company’s first Falcon Heavy rocket.
Falcon Heavy at the Launch Complex 39A
Falcon Heavy's first stage is composed of three Falcon 9 nine-engine cores whose 27 Merlin engines together generate more than 5 million pounds of thrust at liftoff, equal to approximately eighteen 747 aircraft. Only the Saturn V moon rocket, last flown in 1973, delivered more payload to orbit. Falcon Heavy was designed from the outset to carry humans into space and restores the possibility of flying missions with crew to the Moon or Mars.
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