SpaceX shared a video of yesterday's vital test on Twitter, writing: "First static fire test of Falcon Heavy complete-one step closer to first test flight!" It features three Falcon 9 first-stage boosters joined together with a second-stage on the middle one.
Like Falcon 9, Falcon Heavy is created to be reusable and both platforms share SpaceX's composite payload fairing that protects satellites during delivery to low-Earth orbit and geosynchronous transfer 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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Elon Musk, CEO of SpaceX, confirmed that there will be a launch date for the Falcon Heavy rocket, "in a week or so", after running a test on all 27 engines on the massive spacecraft. "Launching in a week or so". Static fire operations of the flight-proven booster that will launch the SES-16/GovSat1 mission next week occurred around midday local time on Friday.
Over the week and a half between now and the tentative present launch date, SpaceX can be expected to further pore over the vehicle and pad systems to ensure that they are in proper working order after some months of inactivity, punctuated by a controlled explosion.
While SES-16's weight compared to other SES satellites would likely allow SpaceX to recover the booster on the Of Course I Still Love You drone ship, SpaceX will likely use the expendable nature of this booster to test landing and atmospheric entry techniques while ditching the booster in the Atlantic in an effort to clear out the Block 3 Falcon 9 stock in favor of the now operational Block 4s and soon-to-be-operational Block 5s.
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The Falcon 9 is now used to hoist satellites and supplies to the International Space Station. Just as the static fire was preceded by almost two weeks of concerted testing and delays, the same rocket's launch should also be expected to slip and/or scrub at least a handful of times before finding success.
The company originally planned to launch the first flight of the new rocket sometime in 2015, but delays kept forcing SpaceX to push back the maiden voyage time and time again. Musk notes that there will be "Easy viewing from the public causeway".
"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". After blasting off from NASA's historic Launch Complex 39A at Kennedy Space Center, all three will attempt vertical landings, two on land and one on a floating offshore platform.
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