SpaceX's Moon rocket just took a huge step towards its first flight

Aboard the flight will be a whimsical cross-promotional payload for Musk — a cherry red Roadster built by his other business Tesla

However, the static fire test performed on Wednesday was the climax of fit checks series that has stretched as longer as a month, which has fueled preparatory work and other tests as the pad 39A, since the heavy rocket was first promoted for the vertical service on 28th December.

The company is scheduled January 30 to launch a Falcon 9 rocket at Cape Canaveral in Florida, the report added.

SpaceX has not yet announced a target launch date for the inaugural launch of the Falcon Heavy, the largest US rocket since the Saturn 5. Instead, Musk will launch a Tesla Roadster playing David Bowie's "Space Oddity" into "a billion year elliptic Mars orbit". Rather, Musk intends to put his own personal Tesla roadster on-board as payload. Musk has repeatedly warned the rocket could explode. Only the Saturn V moon rocket, last flown in 1973, delivered more payload to orbit than Falcon Heavy.

Musk chose to put the vehicle on the Falcon Heavy mostly out of a sense of whimsy. If successful, his red sports vehicle will end up in orbit around the sun, travelling as far out as Mars. I want to make sure to set expectations accordingly'.

"This is going to be the most powerful rocket in the world", Harwood said.

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Last month he posted an image to Twitter of people stoof next to a landed Falcon Heavy rocket to give an idea of the vehicle's scale. It's capable of a little over 5 million pounds of thrust, powered by 27 Merlin 1D engines that SpaceX developed for its launch business. The shutdown has been suspended, at least temporarily, and that means it's now time to get back to launch activities - including the inaugural flight of SpaceX's really big rocket. His entrepreneurial spirit has extended beyond automotive pursuits into areas as freakish as The Boring Company - a business he intends to use to spearhead a network of high-speed underground tunnels to trim his LA commute - and as lofty as SpaceX, an effort Musk hopes will eventually put earthlings on Mars.

An artist's illustration of the Falcon Heavy rocket.

The 46-year-old South African is also the CEO of Tesla, and predicts Falcon Heavy's payload will stay in deep space for a while.

In 2011, Musk said he expected that the Heavy would have its first flight in 2014.

'Will have double thrust of next largest rocket.

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