SpaceX fired up its newest, biggest rocket in a critical launch pad test Wednesday, and has now scheduled the massive rocket's first launch into space for February 6th.
The heavy lift launcher will lift off from the Apollo Launchpad 39A at NASA's Kennedy Space Center. "Easy viewing from the public causeway". A backup launch date is available the following day, SpaceNews added.
SpaceX's first Falcon Heavy flight will be tied in with testing it in certifiable flight. The rocket's debut launch is scheduled for February 6, 2018.
Only the Saturn V moon rocket, last flown in 1973, delivered more payload to orbit. It's constructed by strapping three of SpaceX's proven Falcon 9 rockets together, which provides around 5 million pounds of thrust at takeoff.
The launch date isn't set in stone yet, and given that the Falcon Heavy launch has already been pushed back numerous times, this could just be a target for now. It can carry twice the load of its nearest rival: the Delta IV Heavy built by the United Launch Alliance.
The payload on board for this mission is a cherry red unique model Tesla Roadster - and if things go exceptionally well, it'll be put into a long circling Mars circle, a gesture to everything Musk's endeavors have achieved hitherto, and furthermore what they would like to accomplish later on. The payload is actually Musk's original cherry red Tesla Roadster that will be put into a long looping Mars orbit, there's no scientific reason behind this, it's probably that Musk felt it would be cool to have his vehicle orbiting Mars. It's because of the Falcon Heavy's significance Musk wants to further promote his other, Earth-only venture. Musk hopes to use the Falcon Heavy to send tourists around the Moon, and to send supplies to Mars for a manned mission.