The highly anticipated and oft delayed Falcon Heavy rocket had its first successful demo static test firing of its engines today at Cape Canaveral, Florida. The path is now paved for SpaceX to prepare a launch date in early February 2018 and will prove to be an exciting new milestone as it would become the most powerful rocket ever produced!
Snippet from SpaceX description about the test:
Its first stage is composed of three Falcon 9 nine-engine cores whose 27 Merlin engines together generate more than 5 million pounds of thrust, 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.
Watch the static test fire below:
Video source: SpaceX // YouTube