This is a static fire test of the Falcon 9 Heavy a week and a few days ago (see earlier post).
What is coming up will not be a test. Yes! The maiden voyage of the Falcon 9 Heavy will occur as soon as tomorrow (06 Feb 2018) from launch pad 39A at Kennedy Space Center in Florida.
From what I know launch time is set for 18:30 UTC / 13:30 EST tomorrow. If the launch does not go off as planned tomorrow, the next few days are planned for, each with a three-hour window each day.
The Falcon 9 Heavy is the most powerful rocket to take flight in a number of years. The 70 meter tall (229 feet), 12 meter wide (40 feet) rocket will produce a thrust of 2.3 million kg / 5 million pounds to get into orbit.
Check back for a live link about 15 minutes before launch time.
A very brief test of the SpaceX Falcon 9 Heavy, the very first test.
Short duration? Yes. Impressive? Most definitely!
Part of the SoaceX description: Its first stage is composed of three Falcon 9 nine-engine cores whose 27 Merlin engines together generate more than 5 million pounds of thrust, equal to approximately eighteen 747 aircraft. Only the Saturn V moon rocket, last flown in 1973, delivered more payload to orbit. Falcon Heavy was designed from the outset to carry humans into space and restores the possibility of flying missions with crew to the Moon or Mars.
A replay of another spectacular Space X launch to deploy the fourth set of 10 satellites in this Iridium 4 launch. Watch the pre-flight portion of the video for a description of the Iridium network.
Launch is about 14:30 into the video. Not only is the launch spectacular but about an hour and twelve into the video we get to watch the deployment (s). I left the video intact but you can fast-forward through much of it if you are short of time.
Let’s try this, this should start at T +57:00, just prior to the satellite deployments.
The Zuma mission did not launch as you may know. SpaceX is “take a closer look at data from recent fairing testing /for another customer.” Launch range has been preserved for 17/18 November but not date is solid as yet.
Will SpaceX put the “zoom” in Zuma? The launch window opens shortly at 01:00 UT / 20:00 EST.
Well if you are here on time you are seeing the same result “Live stream offline” message. Keep in mind the window is two-hours. I will just leave the feed up just in case.