Monday, January 8, 2018
Falcon Heavy Is Back at the Pad!
After SpaceX successfully sent the U.S. government's classified Zuma payload to low-Earth orbit yesterday (via a Falcon 9 rocket), the company is now primed on launching its newest vehicle—the Falcon Heavy—to space before the end of this month. These photos are courtesy of Elliott Skeer, who posted them on Twitter while taking a bus tour at NASA's Kennedy Space Center (KSC) in Florida this morning...courtesy of the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex. Within the next day or two, the Falcon Heavy will finally ignite all 27 of its Merlin engines during a static-fire test. Unlike the previous static fires conducted for the Falcon 9 following its return to flight after a September 2016 pad explosion at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station near KSC, the payload fairing will remain attached to the Falcon Heavy during this ground test. Apparently, the prospect of losing Elon Musk's $200,000 Tesla Roadster in another pad explosion isn't as bad as losing a hundred-million-dollar satellite instead! It's all good. I can't wait to see the Falcon Heavy come to life!