Recently, SpaceX confirmed that Florida’s launch pad 39A has been completely restored and is ready to host rocket launches. By announcing this, SpaceX indicated about the launch of its Falcon Heavy rocket that it planned to launch from the newly revamped pad 39a that got damaged last year due to an explosion. Now, as per the latest reports, the Falcon Heavy rocket has traveled to launch pad 39A, and on Thursday it was raised vertically for the test ahead of its maiden flight.
NASA has confirmed that the Falcon Heavy rocket has been moved to the launch pad 39A at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. SpaceX will conduct different tests on its Falcon Heavy rocket and after that, it will announce the launch date of its giant rocket’s maiden flight. If all the tests go well then most probably SpaceX will launch the Falcon Heavy next month. The Falcon Heavy rocket consists of two already-flown first stage Falcon 9 boosters and a big, powerful central core stage. It is a reusable super heavy lift launch vehicle that has the capability of lifting a payload of about 63,800 kilograms to the lower Earth orbit.
Currently, a full thrust Falcon 9 rocket can lift a maximum payload of around 22,800 kilograms. This indicates how powerful the Falcon Heavy rocket is. If successfully launched, the Falcon Heavy rocket will become the most powerful rocket in operation and can lift nearly more than twice the payload of the next closest operation vehicle, the Delta IV Heavy. According to SpaceX, the launch cost of Falcon Heavy will be almost one-third of the launch cost of the Delta IV heavy. SpaceX compares the lift capability of its Falcon Heavy rocket with a 737 jetliner loaded with passengers, crew, luggage, and fuel.
Also, according to NASA, Falcon Heavy will be the most powerful rocket to lift off from Launch Complex 39A since NASA’s Saturn V rocket that sent astronauts to the moon.
Recently, SpaceX CEO Elon Musk announced that he is very confident about the success of Falcon Heavy Rocket and is ready to make his Tesla Roadster, the dummy payload on its maiden flight. When The Falcon Heavy will blast off from the pad 39A next month, it will generate around 4.7 million pounds of thrust at launch. With such powerful thrust, Falcon Heavy will beat European Ariane 5 launcher, which is currently the world’s leader in lift-off power and it generated around 2.9 million pounds of thrust. Musk also informed that the engines of the first Falcon Heavy rocket would be throttled to 92 percent of full power.