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development and delays for this ‘beast” of a vehicle, the maiden blastoff of
the triple core SpaceX Falcon Heavy carrying CEO Elon Musk’s cherry red Tesla
sports car – and that’s soon to become the ‘World’s Most Powerful Rocket’ – is
at last at hand at lunchtime Tuesday, Feb. 6, from NASA’s historic
launch complex 39A on the
Kennedy Space Center in Florida – and the weather outlook tomorrow
is quite promising at this time too !
remain green for launch at 1:30 p.m. EST tomorrow,” SpaceX CEO Elon Musk said today, Feb. 5.
payload on this first demonstration test flight is SpaceX CEO Elon Musk’s ‘modified’ cherry red Tesla Roaster sports
car that will be hurled outward on a whimsical trip to Mars orbit on a heliocentric
orbit. It will be playing David Bowie’s
hit song ‘Space Oddity.’
processing hanger at the launch complex and up the ramp to pad 39A this morning,
Feb. 5, on the 212 foot long transporter erector by SpaceX workers who then raised
it erect to launch position.
across the globe have descended on the Florida Space Coast to experience first
hand the sure to be spectacularly bright and thunderously loud blastoff of Falcon
Heavy as it soars to space for the first time.
recover all three first stage boosters – 1 by sea and 2 by land – a truly
science fictionesque thought – only its truly real science.
liftoff of the triple stick
rocket from historic
pad 39A – that
sent Apollo astronauts to the Moon – from the Kennedy Space Center in
the early afternoon during a launch window that opens at 1:30 p.m. EST on Feb.
and a half hour long launch window extends from 1:30 p.m. until 4:00 pm EST
(1830-2100 GMT). The backup launch day
is Feb. 7.
can watch the launch live on a SpaceX dedicated webcast starting about 20 minutes prior to the 1:30 p.m. EST (1830 GMT) liftoff
EST at: SpaceX.com/webcast
story tall Falcon Heavy vehicle will generate by far the loudest, most
impressive and tremendous sounds thundering out from Florida’s Spaceport since
the shuttle shutdown in 2011.
Falcon Heavy on pad 39A at KSC awaiting Feb 6 2018 blastoff. SpaceX Credit:
when the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) granted SpaceX a launch license
for the debut launch of the mammoth Falcon Heavy rocket targeted for Tuesday
afternoon, Feb. 6 – clearing one of the last hurdles to history.
enthusiasts and the general public alike.
up to 100,000 people or more!
size gathered since NASA’s final shuttle launch of Space Shuttle Atlantis in
Falcon Heavy is the most powerful rocket to launch since NASA’s Space Shuttles
were retired in 2011.
5.1 million pounds of liftoff, it is twice as powerful as the ULA Delta IV
Heavy- currently the worlds most powerful rocket.
put that in perspective, the thrust of the 27 Merlin 1D engines on Falcon Heavy
is equivalent to 18 Boeing 747s
Cherry red Tesla sports
car owned by SpaceX CEO Elon Musk is the payload on the inaugural test flight
of his Falcon Heavy Rocket. The Tesla
will be propelled to Mars on the rocket’s debut flight from KSC pad 39A in Feb 2018. Credit: SpaceX
announced today that a new Falcon Heavy launch simulation will be released shortly
– before liftoff.
Bowie’s Life on Mars,” Musk tweeted.
latest weather forecast at L- Minus 1 day outlines
very favorable conditions along the Florida Space Coast with an 80% chance of favorable conditions at launch time according
to U.S. Air Force meteorologists with the 45th
Space Wing Weather Squadron at
Patrick Air Force Base.
primary concerns on Feb. 6 are for Liftoff Winds and the Thick Cloud Layer
Tuesday [Feb. 6], winds
will become easterly at 15 mph, bringing a few low-level clouds in off the
water. The main weather concerns are liftoff winds and thick clouds. Maximum
upper-level winds will be from the west at 90 knots near 40,000 feet,” said the 45th Space Wing Weather
Squadron in the Feb. 5 weather
case of a 24 hour delay the weather outlook remains promising with only a slip
dip to 70% chance of favorable launch condition
7 is again for Liftoff Winds and the Thick Cloud Layer Rule.
view of SpaceX Falcon Heavy center booster nose cone loaded with Elon Musk’s
Tesla, side booster nose cones and grid fins. Debut
liftoff slated for Feb. 6, 2018. Credit: Ken Kremer/SpaceUpClose.com/kenkremer.com
Heavy is comprised of a trio of Falcon 9 boosters – including a significantly
modified central core, to deal with aerodynamic stresses, that is attached to a
pair of side-mounted cores with newly developed nose cones mounted in place of
‘flight-proven’ boosters that already launched once and are being recycled for
(12.2 meters). It also features a dozen
grid fins and a dozen landing legs attached to the first stage boosters in an
attempt to soft land all three cores – by land and by sea.
and launch stories.
for Ken’s continuing onsite coverage of Falcon Heavy and Falcon 9 , ULA and
NASA and space mission
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SpaceX CEO Elon
Musk discusses Falcon Heavy and rocketry during media briefing at NASA’s
Kennedy Space Center. Credit: Ken Kremer/kenkremer.com