SpaceX has a major mission update: The company’s huge Falcon Heavy rocket might take off in March.
This week, SpaceX filed permit applications with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and it aims to launch the Falcon Heavy rocket no earlier than March 7, Ars Technica reported. However, this isn’t set in stone: A scheduled takeoff could be delayed to a later date.
— SpaceX (@SpaceX) February 7, 2018
The Falcon Heavy rocket’s second launch will take place at Kennedy Space Center’s Launch Complex 39A in Florida, Space.com reported. It will carry a 6.6-ton Arabsat 6A communications satellite for Saudi Arabia, which is a different payload from its first mission, which took Elon Musk’s Tesla Roadster to Mars.
Falcon Heavy side cores have landed at SpaceX’s Landing Zones 1 and 2. pic.twitter.com/oMBqizqnpI
— SpaceX (@SpaceX) February 6, 2018
The Falcon Heavy, which SpaceX claims is the most powerful operational rocket in the world, was built to transport humans into space and might fly crewed missions to the Moon or Mars. Its first stage has three Falcon 9 nine-engine cores, which combined have 27 Merlin engines that generate more than 5,000,000 pounds of thrust at take off. Even though the Falcon Heavy’s second stage isn’t reusable, the rocket itself can deliver big payloads to orbit.
Read more about the Falcon Heavy rocket’s payload capacity and specifications on SpaceX’s website.
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