Watch the SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket launch in person! Here's how

Watch the SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket launch in person! Here's how

- SpaceX is targeting February 6 for the test flight of the Falcon Heavy rocket that will rumble across the Space Coast as the most powerful launch vehicle of today, Elon Musk announced on social media Saturday.

Once it is deemed ready to launch, the Falcon Heavy will be the most powerful operational rocket in the world.

"Generated quite a thunderhead of steam", SpaceX chief executive officer Elon Musk wrote on Twitter.

SpaceX plans to have the rocket bring a Tesla Roadster vehicle into space as part of its maiden flight.

First static fire test of Falcon Heavy complete-one step closer to first test flight!

Falcon Heavy looks like three Falcon 9 cores strapped together, but that's a simplification - Musk said teams had to strengthen the airframe to account for thrust changes, re-examine aerodynamics and account for altered acoustics thanks to three time as many engines as a typical Falcon 9 mission. The company has done a lot of preparation and simulation, but you can't know how a rocket's going to behave in the air until it actually launches.

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"Falcon Heavy hold-down firing this morning was good".

As with all static fires of flight-proven boosters, the static fire was anticipated to last 7 seconds from the time of engine ignition to engine shutdown.

The Falcon Heavy carries the largest payload amount since the Saturn V rocket, which carried out a 310,000 pounds into space.

"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 also has a busy few weeks coming up, with its next Falcon 9 launch expected from Florida on, potentially overlapping with Musk's declared timeline for the Falcon Heavy. That's been customary ever since a Falcon 9 exploded during a 2016 practice engine firing, destroying both rocket and satellite.

It was Musk's first tweet in more than a week.