SpaceX Falcon Heavy Static Fire Test was successful

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All of Falcon Heavy's 27 Merlin engines blasted nearly simultaneously for around 12 seconds for the test, creating an awe-inspiring show for onlookers.

That launch could go either way.

The billionaire tech mogul said in a tweet on Wednesday that the Heavy will launch by the end of January.

SpaceX will now review the data to determine whether it needs to hold another test before the official Falcon Heavy launch. "Generated quite a thunderhead of steam", the billionaire wrote.

Now that SpaceX has shown that the Heavy's engines can fire up properly, the megarocket will be on step closer to liftoff.

SpaceX does not have a test stand at its Central Texas development site to support such a high-thrust firing. For SpaceX, the megarocket could help the company compete in new markets like the launching of large spy satellites for the USA government.

Other possible targets for Falcon Heavy include Saturn's moons Titan and Enceladus and the ice giants Neptune and Uranus.

Aboard the rocket's payload compartment is Musk's own midnight cherry Tesla Roadster, a red vehicle for the red planet as he puts it.

Musk, who is also the founder of Tesla cars, made a decision to launch a cherry red Tesla Roadster as the payload on the first test flight.

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In the clip, you see the moment a huge mountain of smoke covers the air field for more than 12 seconds.

Many onlookers tweeted photos and NASASpaceflight.com provided live video coverage. Excitement on launch day guaranteed, one way or another.

This milestone was what is known as a static fire test.

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.

The mission marks SpaceX's most ambitious project to date. After launch, SpaceX plans to land two boosters back at Cape Canaveral Landing Zone 1 and one on a drone ship in the Atlantic Ocean. Musk is also CEO of Tesla. SpaceX later released photos of the vehicle being encapsulated in the rocket's payload fairing. Musk said the first Falcon Heavy's engines will be throttled to 92 percent of full power.

'Of course, anything boring is bad, especially companies, so we chose to send something unusual, something that made us feel.

Normally, that means sending a concrete mass into orbit, but Musk decided instead to send his original Tesla Roadster into an orbit around the Sun.

The main module will continue its trajectory into "deep space", the billionaire said, with a destination set for the orbit of Mars 140 million miles (225 million kilometres) away.

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