SpaceX’s first Falcon Heavy conducted a rocket main engine test on Wednesday at Launch Pad 39A at the Gandudi Space Center in Florida. The rocket fired loudly and produced lots of white smoke before it returned to calm. . The engine test was successful, but also said that it is only one step away from its official launch.
Today’s space flight now reports that at 17:30 a.m. GMT (17:30 GMT), 27 Merlin 1D engines were fired at the same time, thrusts soared to about 5 million pounds and then The flames and the exhaust gas diffuse through the exhaust vents on the 39A launch pad.
Elon, founder and chief executive officer of SpaceX. On Twitter, Elon Musk said: “Falcon 9 performed well and it generated quite a bit of steam and roar. It will launch in about a week.”
The Falcon heavy rocket, which is 70 meters high, was sent to the 39A launch pad at the end of last year to prepare for the safety test and start-up test before launch. However, the incident was last week when the U.S. government closed the political storm and delayed the entire progress. Event only 3 days, and finally on Wednesday, according to the original progress of the implementation, the outside world have been worried about the delay will affect the safety of security, but fortunately everything goes well.
After completing the ignition test, the Falcon Heavy will leave the 39A launch pad, return to the SpaceX hangar for final inspection and will not return to the launch pad until the launch date is confirmed.
Falcon Heavy rocket ignition test live.
Falcon heavy launch schedule has not been announced, from SpaceX’s information, they will launch another Falcon 9 rocket on January 30, the location will be on the launch pad 40, a few miles south of 39A . It is generally assumed that the two rockets will not be launched on the same day, and will probably be separated by a day or two because the personnel in these missions are the same people, and the infrastructure, including the Air Force’s communications, tracking and safety networks, are not performing well at the same time.
Musk announced the Falcon heavy rocket program in 2011, when he said it would fly for the first time in 2013. However, the history of the rocket development is much longer than predicted, and in 2015 and 2016, they encountered two Falcon 9 rocket failures, so Space X betting major resources on Falcon 9 safety, Falcon heavy progress slowed down.
However, the safety review of the Falcon 9 also helps to develop the Falcon heavy, after all, its thrust is three times that of the Falcon 9 and is loaded with 1.4 million kilograms of kerosene and liquid oxygen propellants.
source : Space X
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