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Falcon 9 Heavy Testing

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.