SpaceX Falcon Heavy towers over historic Apollo launchpad

SpaceX pushes rocket launch back to Sunday

Since this is the first ever launch SpaceX has attempted using its Falcon Heavy, however, there's a significant chance that not everything will go to plan.

'Falcon Heavy to launch next month from Apollo 11 pad at the Cape. SpaceX says, "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 believes that the rocket will eventually travel to Mars, with a payload of up to 37,040 lbs. The launch then had to be postponed while SpaceX took the additional time to review data from a rocket fairing test, they claimed.

'Test flights of new rockets usually contain mass simulators in the form of concrete or steel blocks, ' Musk said. The rocket was lowered and rolled back to its hangar the next day. He's also a 47-year space industry veteran.

He later said the auto was chosen as a "Red vehicle for a red planet".

The 46-year-old South African is also the CEO of Tesla, and predicts Falcon Heavy's payload will stay in deep space for a while.

SpaceX Falcon Heavy
SpaceX shows off its Falcon Heavy rocket vertical on the launchpad

So how did SpaceX manage to land one of the government's biggest projects? Typically, rockets with a similar triple booster first stage (Titan IV, Delta IV Heavy) have used relatively powerful separation rockets to more sternly force the side boosters away from the main stage, generally with great success.

The static fire test will be the first time that all of Heavy's 27 Merlin engines will be fired at once. Inside that cone-shaped faring rests Elon Musk's personal Tesla Roadster.

The vehicle - which also features a removable glass roof - can go from 0 to 60 miles per hour (0 to 100 km/h) in 1.9 seconds and has a top speed over 250mph (400 kph).

SpaceX shows off the Falcon Heavy rocket on the launchpad. Most importantly to SpaceX, the cores have been created to safely come back to Earth, where they can be reused for future missions.

Before a May 1 launch of a National Reconnaissance Office satellite, government satellites were nearly exclusively sent into space aboard rockets built by United Launch Alliance, a Boeing-

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