SpaceX to Launch 'World's Most Powerful Rocket' Falcon Heavy Today

A view of the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex at dusk

The game-changing rocket is expected to draw thousands from across the world (the estimation is that 100,000 people will turn up for the show) at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida.

Aerospace competitors have compared the super-powerful rocket to the Soviet N-1, a massive 30-engine rocket that failed to launch four times.

According to SpaceX, the Falcon Heavy will be able to lift a mass of almost 64 metric tons - around 141,000lbs - into orbit.

-The two side rockets will jettison from the center rocket two and a half minutes after liftoff. Musk posted photos of the mannequin on Instagram today (Feb. 5), and we can only assume it will ride along with the Roadster's epic trip.

SpaceX is putting the finishing touches on the Falcon Heavy rocket in preparation for the big launch on Tuesday.

However, it took SpaceX until December 2017 to raise Falcon Heavy into launch position for the first time. It's an apparent reference to his plan to play the David Bowie song "Space Oddity" on repeat while the capsule makes its elliptical orbit around Mars and the sun - the whole affair making use of both definitions of the term "hyperbolic".

"It will be a really huge downer if it blows up but hopefully, if something goes wrong, it goes wrong far into the mission so we at least learn something along the way", Musk said.

So far, SpaceX has safely recaptured first-stage boosters after 21 of its 40-plus Falcon 9 launches. The orbit has the power to drive the automobile to a distance close to Mars.

Falcon Heavy measures 230 ft tall, which is the equivalent of 40 average USA men standing on each other's shoulders.

If Musk's auto wasn't the payload for this flight, the rocket likely would be carrying a large chunk of concrete, since test flights simply carry something the size and weight of a satellite, rather than risking something that cost billions of dollars to make.

With a total of 27 engines, the Falcon heavy is touted as the most powerful spacecraft now in existence.

If SpaceX completes this feat, the company would be taking a major step toward its ambitious goal of bringing a human colony to the surface of Mars, and Tuesday's flight will carry a reminder. Three Falcon 9 rocket boosters can haul 141,000 lbs in payload weight. But historically, first flights of rockets often end up in ashes, especially one as complex as the Falcon Heavy, said Carissa Christensen, the founder and chief executive of Bryce Space and Technology, a consulting firm. In September 2016, a Falcon 9 rocket spontaneously erupted in flames and caused significant damage to a launch site at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.

For the test flight, however, SpaceX is going much crazier.

The first poster shows a futuristic cable vehicle, and also a lone mountaineer, climbing up Olympus Mons.

The Heavy is capable of delivering, in one fell swoop, 140,660 pounds (63,800 kilograms) of cargo to low-Earth orbit, almost 60,000 pounds (26,700 kilograms) to high-Earth orbit, 37,000 pounds (16,800 kilograms) to Mars, or 7,700 pounds (3,500 kilograms) to Pluto.

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