Falcon Heavy: Rocket going to Mars has launch scheduled

Elon Musk, founder and director of the SpaceX space agency, announced on his social networks that the launch of Falcon Heavy is scheduled for February 6. The rocket that will orbit Mars has already been canceled in its launch this year, previously scheduled for January. In addition to Musk, NASA portal editor Chris Gebhardt went to Twitter to confirm the information, using the hashtag #itsHappening.

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In a second tweet, Gebhardt decided to hold back the audience's excitement by explaining that this schedule just means it won't happen before the 6th, but is subject to change, as all release dates always are. According to him, the delay may happen due to other SpaceX releases that need to occur previously, such as Falcon 9.

The Falcon Heavy and its 27 engines passed the static fire test on the 39-A launch pad on January 24 this year. SpaceX made the test footage available on its YouTube channel. Heavy is far more powerful than a Falcon 9; in fact, it's like three of them coupled, 70 meters high. It is capable of launching a load of up to 57 tonnes, double the United Launch Alliance's closest rival Delta IV Heavy.

However, at this launch, the cargo space will be harnessed to something quite different from what Falcon 9 had been doing (fueling the International Space Station or carrying a satellite to orbit Earth). The curious thing about this trip is that Elon Musk intends to send in the cargo of this rocket no less than his red Tesla Roadster car. The eccentricity goes a step further: Musk has suggested that the car will be playing David Bowie's song "Space Odity" as it enters the orbit of the red planet.

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According to Musk, test flights often carry mass simulators on concrete or steel blocks, and that seemed very boring. So, he decided to innovate and send a red car to the red planet: "We decided to send something out of the ordinary, something that made us feel." It sure got attention. In Elon Musk's Instagram account, you can see various images of the rockets, as well as closely follow this conversation.

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Despite all the anticipation surrounding the release of Falcon Heavy, testimonials were also issued warning that too much could go wrong. The launch has been promised for years, it has been talked about since 2013/2014, and the delay is largely due to an explosion that occurred from a Falcon 9 on the platform. If in the coming days Falcon Heavy succeeds in his departure, he will become the most powerful rocket to do so since Apollo's Saturn V, which took astronauts to the moon.

Falcon Heavy: Rocket to Mars has launch scheduled via TecMundo