Elon Musk’s Falcon Heavy Is Go For Launch February 6.

With the successful static test fire of all 27 Merlin engines complete, SpaceX is ready to launch Elon’s cherry red Tesla roadster into an orbit around Mars. The Falcon Heavy Demo Flight launch date is February 6, 2018.

Tesla Roadster mated to the Payload Attach Fitting. Credit: SpaceX
Tesla Roadster mated to the Payload Attach Fitting. Credit: SpaceX

The Falcon Heavy, launching from the historic launch complex 39A has a window opening at 1:30 pm and closes at 4:30 pm EST. Launch Complex 39A is familiar with launching powerful rockets, the Saturn V was launched from here in the 1950’s and later in the 1980’s launched many shuttle missions.

The Falcon Heavy is currently the most powerful operational rocket, producing more than 5,000,000 lbs of thrust. The Heavy version of the Falcon delivers this much thrust thanks to not one, not two but three Falcon 9 cores with 27 Merlin engines firing.

Following a successful separation of the two outer cores, SpaceX plans to return them to Cape Canaveral Air Force Station for landing. The central core will attempt a vertical landing on the autonomous drone-ship “Of Course I Still Love You,” parked out in the Atlantic ocean.

The two outer cores are what SpaceX calls flight proven cores, meaning they have launched a payload, landed and are ready for flight again. The central core is a new, never flown core.

View more images and video from the Falcon Heavy Demo Flight on our mission gallery page.

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