SpaceX Falcon Heavy Test Firing Date Moves Again at Kennedy Space Center, No Earlier Than Friday

By  //  January 16, 2018

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rocket consists of three boosters and 27 engines

With more than 5 million pounds of thrust at liftoff—equal to approximately eighteen 747 aircraft at full power—Falcon Heavy will be the most powerful operational rocket in the world by a factor of two. (SpaceX Image)

BREVARD COUNTY • KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLORIDA – SpaceX’s test of the Falcon Heavy rocket engines is now set for no earlier than Friday. The rocket is currently on Pad 39A at Kennedy Space Center

The Falcon Heavy rocket is now the most powerful rocket since the Saturn V and can launch twice as much payload as the United Launch Alliance’s Delta IV Heavy.

With more than 5 million pounds of thrust at liftoff—equal to approximately eighteen 747 aircraft at full power—Falcon Heavy will be the most powerful operational rocket in the world by a factor of two.

Consisting of three boosters and 27 engines, SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy includes two Falcon 9 first-stage boosters and a central core booster that is a modified Falcon 9.

Monday’s test of the engines is in preparation for the Heavy’s first flight, which is scheduled before the end of this month.

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SpaceX’s first Falcon Heavy rocket during assembly ahead of its first test flight from Pad 39A of NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida. The rocket’s first flight is expected in January 2018. (SpaceX image)

SpaceX’s first Falcon Heavy rocket during assembly ahead of its first test flight from Pad 39A of NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida. The rocket’s first flight is expected in January 2018. (SpaceX image)

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