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SpaceX Falcon Heavy success could kill Space Launch System

30 January 2018, 01:24 | Katrina Lee

Government shutdown: SpaceX can't test fire Falcon Heavy rocket

SpaceX Confirms Date for First Falcon Heavy Launch

Although it is now confirmed by Elon Musk about the Falcon Heavy maiden launch. There's a good chance, according to SpaceNews, that the Falcon Heavy will take off during a scheduled launch window at 1:30 p.m. on February 6, a Tuesday.

The first flight will carry a dummy payload, though Musk has joked about using the rocket to carry a Tesla Roadster into space (which might actually be the case, judging from pre-release photos of the vehicle sitting in the Falcon Heavy's payload chamber).

The engines are split between three Falcon 9 boosters and generate thrust equal to about 18 Boeing 747 aircraft. As you can see from the recent Tweet (above), the company has been performing tests with the Falcon Heavy. "Easy viewing from the public causeway", Musk tweeted Saturday afternoon. The Falcon Heavy is regarded as one of the most powerful rockets in the world and it promises to revolutionize space travel over the coming few years. Inside it are 27 Merlin engines housed in Falcon 9 nine-engine cores.

Falcon Heavy is expected to cost about $90 million per launch, compared to about $62 million for a Falcon 9 launch.

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If it does end up becoming commercially operational, Falcon Heavy will vastly increase the maximum weight that can be carried into low Earth orbit-where satellites generally go. The demonstration flight will lift off from the historic Launch Complex 39A at Kennedy Space Center, the same launchpad that hosted the Apollo missions as well as multiple space shuttle missions. The three-core, 27-engine rocket is slated to launch from KSC in early 2018. If you decide to watch it online, SpaceX has a webcast every time there is a launch where you can witness the Falcon Heavy take off from the comfort of your desk. 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. 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.

"I love the thought of a auto drifting apparently endlessly through space and perhaps being discovered by an alien race millions of years in the future", Musk replied when asked on Twitter why he wanted to throw away a $100,000 electric sportscar.

And, compared to rockets that better rival the Falcon Heavy's power, it's a bargain. SpaceX Rendering: The two side boosters separating from the center core of Falcon Heavy. A SpaceX rocket has failed to launch once.



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