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SpaceX will reportedly launch its Falcon Heavy rocket on February 6th

SpaceX will reportedly launch its Falcon Heavy rocket on February 6th

Still, Falcon Heavy's LC-39A launch pad has previously supported launches of the Space Shuttle and Saturn V, both of which were considerably more powerful than SpaceX's heavy-lift rocket.

The announcement came just about an hour after the Musk-founded company fired up the Falcon Heavy's 27 engines for a test in which the rocket was held down on its pad at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. The Falcon Heavy is essentially three of the California-based company's Falcon 9 rockets put together, with 27 Merlin engines instead of nine.

Musk tweeted out the flight is aimed for February 6 from Apollo launchpad 39A at Cape Kennedy. Musk hopes to use the Falcon Heavy to send tourists around the Moon, and to send supplies to Mars for a manned mission. If the SES-16/GovSat 1 mission delays, so will Falcon Heavy.

For the test flight, however, SpaceX is going much crazier.

SpaceX CEO Elon Musk tweeted the target date on Saturday, adding that there will be plenty of viewing opportunity for the public from the nearby causeway. But Musk's confirmation gives us something to look forward to that's far more specific.

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Falcon Heavy would carry a red Tesla Roadster and the payload will be injected into an orbit around the sun that lies between Earth's orbit and Mars' orbit.

It is a variant of the Falcon 9 launch vehicle and consists of a strengthened Falcon 9 rocket core with two additional Falcon 9 first stages as strap-on boosters.

"I love the thought of a auto drifting apparently endlessly through space and perhaps being discovered by an alien race millions of years in the future".

SpaceX plans to start building its first BFR by mid year. After blasting off from NASA's historic Launch Complex 39A at Kennedy Space Center, all three will attempt vertical landings, two on land and one on a floating offshore platform.

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