Falcon Heavy will be built on top three of the company’s Falcon 9 rocket cores, creating a 27-engine behemoth of which should generate the thrust equivalent to about 18 Boeing 747 aircraft at liftoff. Musk has called Falcon Heavy the “most powerful rocket within the entire world by a factor of two.”
Testing delays have pushed back the planned static fire, which will be a test where the rocket ignites its engines while strapped to the launchpad.
Falcon Heavy’s static fire took place at Launch Complex 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center, where the inaugural launch should take place within the next few weeks.
@SpaceX: First static fire test of Falcon Heavy complete—one step closer to first test flight!
SpaceX did not immediately respond to CNBC’s request for comment.
Although the idea’s built using the first stages of three Falcon 9 rockets, which cost around $62 million a piece, SpaceX says Falcon Heavy will cost only $92 million per launch. of which’s a fraction of the cost of any existing heavy rocket competitor, with costs running within the hundreds of millions.
SpaceX plans to make Falcon Heavy reusable within the same way as the company’s previous rockets. The first stages of Falcon 9 typically return to Earth as well as also also land upright on either a landing pad or the company’s remote barge. SpaceX then refurbishes the first stages, producing the idea possible to use them again. For Falcon Heavy, This kind of means the two outer rocket cores will return first, with the central core following later.
For the upcoming test flight, the rocket will not carry a customer’s payload. Instead, Musk will launch a Tesla Roadster playing David Bowie’s “Space Oddity” into “a billion year elliptic Mars orbit.” Musk will be also CEO of Tesla.