SpaceX has a major mission update: the company's huge Falcon Heavy rocket can take off in March.
This week, SpaceX filed for permission to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and plans to launch the Falcon Heavy rocket no earlier than March 7, Ars Technica reported. However, this is not defined: a scheduled takeoff may be postponed to a later date.
More photos of the first Falcon Heavy flight → https://t.co/095WHX44BX pic.twitter.com/6vlXJoYif0
– SpaceX (@ SpaceZ) February 7, 2018
The second launch of the Falcon Heavy rocket will take place at Kennedy Space Center's 39A launch complex in Florida, Space.com reported. It will carry a 6.6-ton Arabsat 6A communications satellite to Saudi Arabia, which is a different burden from its first mission, which took Elon Musk's Tesla Roadster to Mars.
The Falcon Heavy side cores landed in SpaceX landing zones 1 and 2. pic.twitter.com/oMBqizqnpI
– SpaceX (@ SpaceZ) February 6, 2018
The Falcon Heavy, which SpaceX claims to be the most powerful operational rocket in the world, has been built to transport humans into space and can fly manned missions to the Moon or Mars. Its first stage has three cores of nine Falcon 9 engines, which combined have 27 Merlin engines that generate more than 5,000,000 pounds of thrust on takeoff. Even if the second stage of the Falcon Heavy is not reusable, the rocket itself can deliver large charges to orbit.
Read more about the payload capacity and specifications of the Falcon Heavy rocket on the SpaceX website.
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