Space enthusiasts around the globe have been waiting for this day with eager anticipation for months now. This is a huge day for space exploration, as SpaceX gets ready to launch the test flight of its Falcon Heavy Launch Vehicle today.
The Falcon Heavy is the most powerful operational rocket in the world — by a factor of two. That’s right, SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy rocket is more than twice as fast as the next most powerful launch vehicle that is currently operational right now, which is NASA’s Delta IV Heady. Not just that, SpaceX has achieved this at just one-third of the cost. This puts SpaceX in an all-new league and opens up the doors to an exciting new space race.
SpaceX Falcon Heavy Specifications
According to SpaceX, the Falcon Heavy rocket has the ability to lift nearly 64 metric tons — or 141,000 lbs into orbit. To visualizes how much mass that is… imagine a Boeing 737 airplane, filled with passengers and crew, along with their luggage, and fueled up for a flight. That’s how much the Falcon Heavy can lift straight into Orbit.
[The Falcon Heavy]’s first stage is composed of three Falcon 9 nine-engine cores, whose 27 Merlin engines together generate more than 5 million pounds of thrust at liftoff, equal to approximately eighteen 747 aircraft. Only the Saturn V moon rocket, last flown in 1973, delivered more payload to 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.
SpaceX Falcon Heavy Launch Video Live Stream
The SpaceX Falcon Heavy launch is scheduled for February 6th, 2018 at 1:30PM EST or 10:30AM PST or at midnight in India.
You can watch the live steam right here:
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) February 6, 2018