Falcon Heavy launch today
- February 6, 2018
Falcon Heavy rocket is finally ready to launch from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida.
The SpaceX company, founded by Elon Musk, hopes to achieve a new milestone with a successful test launch of its Falcon Heavy rocket, which would be the most powerful rocket in operation in the world today.
Launch time is set for 1:30 p.m. at Cape Canaveral, from Launch Pad 39A. Forecasters have expected an 80 percent chance of favorable conditions.
“I am sure we have done everything we could do to maximize the chances of success for this mission,” Musk said Monday during a prelaunch news conference. “Once you have done everything you can think of, if it still goes wrong, there is not much more you could have done. I feel at peace with that.”
The Heavy is equipped with three boosters and 27 engines designed to provide about 5 million pounds of thrust.
SpaceX chief Elon Musk has his Tesla Roadster on board. Musk — who’s also heads up the Tesla electric carmaker — says he wanted to add some dramatic flair. Usually there are things like steel or concrete slabs or mundane experiments on test flights. SpaceX is targeting a long, oval orbit around the sun for the car.