The Falcon Heavy Rocket will be test launched by Space X, this is the first ever launch of their heavy-lift orbiter. The huge amount of thrust will be generated by the rockets 27 Merlin engines, which is the three times the number of engines in Falcon 9. Three Falcon 9 cores constitute the 27 engine Falcon Heavy rocket as each Falcon 9 consists 9 engines each.
No other working rocket in history has this many numbers of engines. The thrust created by the Merlin Engines in total would be 5 million pounds. And the total Cargo capacity of the rocket is around 119,000 pounds.
During the test launch, the payload will consist of a Tesla Roadster with a Dummy wearing their Space X suit for its planned Dragon crew missions, and which is destined for a large elliptical Mars orbit.
After the Launch, the Boosters (the Three Rocket Cores) will make a return journey to earth. The two of three boosters will land on LZ-1 and LZ-2 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, the third will land on the “Of Course I Still Love You” Space X’s drone landing ship.
The two side cores used for the launch are also flight-proven boosters, meaning they were flown previously as Falcon 9 first stage rockets for missions run by SpaceX in 2016, which were then refurbished and assembled for this purpose.
When And Where Is It Launching?
The launch is set for 1:30 PM EST (10:30 AM PST), taking off from a historic launch site at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida, called LC-39A, the launch window for the rocket would be about for about two and half hours and closes at 4 PM EST. There’s a backup window set for the same time on February 7. The live stream above will begin around 15 minutes prior to launch, or around 1:15 PM EST.
What will happen if the Launch Is Successful?
The success of this launch will open the doors to many big implications in the space industry. Heavy pieces of equipment could be launched using its humungous power to space for research and space explorations. All this can be achieved without spending huge lumps of money, as Falcon Heavy is relatively cheaper to launch due to the fact that the rockets can be partially reused.
NASA could resume their moon landings, resume sending cargo, landers,, habitat modules and even people.
And Space X is also planning to send two paying customers to space. So it would start space tourism too.
If the test launch is successful then the Falcon Heavy has some more flights scheduled. The rocket is scheduled to a put up a large communications satellite for operator Arabsat of Saudi Arabia sometime in early 2018.
The Falcon Heavy is Scheduled for Some More Launches This Year
The Falcon Heavy is also slated to launch a test payload for the US Air Force not before June. That launch will allow the Air Force to state whether or not the Falcon Heavy is ready to fly national security payloads. The flight will also contain a cluster of secondary satellites, too, including a special test spacecraft from the Planetary Society called LightSail. The probe is designed to deploy a large, thin sail that uses radiation from the Sun to propel through space.
The Falcon Heavy is also expected to fly two additional hefty satellites — one for Inmarsat and another for Viasat.
What is The Test Launch Going To Do?
As old the Launch payload for the test flight would be a Tesla Roadster and a dummy wearing the brand new Space X suit.
The first and the foremost part would be getting into orbit without exploding. Then the demonstration would start if falcon heavy could simply send a payload into orbit. The Falcon Heavy is supposed to put the Car and the passenger presumably into the orbit around the sun. Known as the Hohmann transfer orbit, this path will take the roadster as far out from the sun as the distance of Mars’ orbit. Anyways the car won’t be going anywhere near to Mars, so the risk of contaminating the planet with earth microbes is not there.
All fingers crossed for the launch, and stay tuned for future updates.