Falcon Heavy successfully launches
/ Published February 07, 2018
KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. --
On Tuesday, Feb. 6th at 3:45 PM ET, Falcon Heavy successfully lifted off from Launch Complex 39A at Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Falcon Heavy is the most powerful operational rocket in the world by a factor of two, with the ability to lift into orbit nearly 64 metric tons (141,000 lb) -- a mass greater than a 737 jetliner loaded with passengers, crew, luggage and fuel.
Falcon Heavy's first stage is composed of three Falcon 9 nine-engine cores whose 27 Merlin engines together generate more than 5 million pounds of thrust at liftoff, equal to approximately eighteen 747 aircraft. Only the Saturn V moon rocket, last flown in 1973, delivered more payload to orbit.
You can watch a replay of the test flight here
, as well as a replay of the live view of Starman
in orbit. Find out more about the Falcon Heavy test launch in our press kit
Article courtesy of SpaceX Public Affairs.