"Space is hard", goes a favorite saying of rocket scientists.
The Falcon Heavy will be minus its featured load for the test. SpaceX said on Twitter. On February 6, 2018, Falcon Heavy rocket will blast off from the historic Launch Pad 39A at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Carnival, Florida.
"Easy viewing from the public causeway".
However, Musk has often said that Falcon Heavy could fail - as in, explode.
The Falcon Heavy's first passenger will be Musk's own red sports vehicle. "So I wouldn't put anything of irreplaceable sentimental value on it". This will be a test launch of the rocket which will carry a Tesla Roadster vehicle whose destination is Mars' orbit. The first stage of the Falcon Heavy is composed of three cores - a center core and two side boosters that are connected at the base and top of the center core's liquid oxygen tank. The roaring booms of the Falcon Heavy could be heard at three miles away, at the site of the press. At the time, he predicted the maiden launch might occur in 2013, or perhaps even late 2012. Space fans can travel to the KSC visitor complex to watch the launch. "It was actually shockingly hard to go from a single-core to a triple-core vehicle". Still, Falcon Heavy's LC-39A launch pad has previously supported launches of the Space Shuttle and Saturn V, both of which were considerably more powerful than SpaceX's heavy-lift rocket.
"Twenty-seven engines are firing simultaneously", Musk said at the March press conference. The important thing here is that his Falcon Heavy is finally ready, and before long, it's going to be sending big, heavy things to and from space on a regular basis.
The tech billionaire has said the rocket will carry a red Tesla Roadster into space, eventually to a Mars orbit, where it should remain "for a billion years or so if it doesn't blow up on ascent". SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket recieved certification for national security payloads in 2015, and Falcon Heavy will need to go through a similar process before it can be used in that capacity. The Falcon Heavy will use 27. Generally rocket launch dates aren't set in stone as there are many variables that can affect liftoff. But if there are delays beyond that, all bets are off - the federal government is now funded through February 8, and a government shutdown could stall the launch, since the US Air Force must oversee rocket launches from Cape Canaveral.