SpaceX successfully tests Falcon Heavy rocket ahead of space missions


The Falcon Heavy is made up of three Falcon 9 boosters, which produce a combined 5 million pounds of thrust.

SpaceX CEO explained previous year that developing the Falcon Heavy proved to be much more hard than they previously thought, but it seems that the company is on track.

But the schedule kept slipping, and major accidents in 2015 and 2016 that destroyed Falcon 9 rockets forced the company to focus on returning that vehicle to flight. Additional structural supports and internal optimizations were needed to support the mass of two additional boosters linked to the sides. The side boosters are expected to be almost identical to the current Falcon 9. All three blocks will be jettisoned after use instead. The test was conducted at SpaceX's test site and development facility in McGregor, Texas, last week, ahead of a planned late-summer launch.

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The additional three rockets will aid SpaceX to get payloads into low-Earth orbit as huge as 140,700 pounds. The Falcon Heavy, however, isn't just big.

"It's an emotional time for our Inmarsat and The Boeing Company engineers - the satellite will not be seen again before it is launched into geostationary orbit, almost 36,000km from Earth!" This week's 18-second video show they are taking a significant step closer to making those Falcon Heavy CGI videos into reality. It was designed from the outset to be able to send payloads all the way to the Moon and Mars.

Still it's good news for SpaceX fans who have been waiting to see the Falcon Heavy fly for a while now.

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The engine firing and shutdown sequence not only allows SpaceX to gather valuable data about the entire rocket's performance - guaranteeing it is ready for liftoff - but also gives the launch team the opportunity to practice shutdown and safing operations of the Falcon 9 should that occur during the actual countdown.

Reusable rockets would cut costs and waste in the space industry, which now loses millions of dollars in jettisoned machinery after each launch.

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