SpaceX Falcon Heavy Static Fire Test Scheduled For Monday

Posted: Jan 21 2018, 3:58am CST | by , Updated: Jan 23 2018, 12:14am CST, in News | Technology News

 
SpaceX Falcon Heavy Static Fire Test Scheduled for Monday

Falcon Heavy rocket fire test has been rescheduled again.

SpaceX continues to move the hold-down static fire test of the Falcon Heavy rocket. There is now apparently progress. On Saturday, SpaceX has apparently performed a fueling test.

Update: The Government Shutdown delayed the SpaceX fire test. There is no new date when SpaceX is finally able to perform the hold down static fire test of the Falcon Heavy.

Vapors have been visible around the giant rocket at pad39 at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. SpaceFlightNow has published a video of the fueling test here.

The static fire test of the Falcon Heavy is now scheduled at the earliest on Monday, Jan 22 according to SpaceFlightNow.

There is a reason why Musk and SpaceX are not officially announcing anything about the fire test. There are just too many unknowns that go into getting the giant rocket ready for taking off the first time. We lost count of how many times the fire test has been delayed by now.

The plan to launch the Falcon Heavy for the first time by the end of January seems unlikely now. Elon Musk made headlines with plans to use his red Tesla Roadster as payload for Falcon Heavy. In the first test flight, there will be though no payload. Musk has warned that the Falcon Heavy might explode in the first take off.

The Falcon Heavy is basically three Falcon 9 rockets combined. The rocket will be able to transport 37,040 pounds to Mars. It's the most powerful rocket available today. NASA's legendary Saturn V have been more powerful than Musk's Falcon Heavy but were not reusable.

The Falcon Heavy is fueled up and ready to go. Space fans are excited and hope that the tests are successful. The Falcon Heavy is a major element to send people to Mars eventually.

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