Falcon Heavy Rocket Stands Tall At Launch Complex 39A.

Earlier today (December 28) the Falcon Heavy rocket rolled out to launch complex 39A at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida and went vertical. The rollout was the first time the Falcon Heavy rocket has been to launch pad 39A, and it is a fantastic sight. The rocket is set to launch early next month on a demo flight, in which the private space company will launch a Tesla Roadster.

The Tesla payload, one of Elon Musk’s vehicles, is being sent to orbit around Mars.

Falcon Heavy rocket goes vertical at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida.
Falcon Heavy rocket goes vertical at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Credit: Scott Murray

Over the next few days, SpaceX will conduct a static fire test of the Merlin engines.

The Falcon making its way to the pad is excellent news for both SpaceX and fans, as the Falcon Heavy Demo was supposed to take place in 2013.

The Falcon Heavy rocket consists of two outer cores and a central core. Both of the external core rockets are flight proven, while the central core is a new one. Flight proven rockets have been launched and successfully landed on the autonomous barge or land.

The launch date and time is still to be determined.

View more images from the Demo Flight on our mission gallery page


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