Elon Musk: SpaceX’s giant new Falcon Heavy rocket will launch in November
Los Angeles after a series of delays, the SpaceX HeavyX rocket is due to move for the first time in November, said CEO Elon Musk.
Muscle announced the date of the first flight of the heavy Falcon in an Instagram post that showed a 70-meter rendering rocket.
Heavy Falcon – designed to be the most powerful rocket since the era of the 1960s, capable of carrying about 63,500 kg to a low Earth orbit – is the key to the SpaceX project taking two tourists around The moon and launch commercial satellites or heavier national security.
Earlier this year, SpaceX, based in Los Angeles, said the rocket could launch for the first time this summer, and said a first flight could happen in September or October.
SpaceX said it had to open its launching position at the Air Force Station at Cape Canaveral in Florida before launching the first demonstration flight.
The company is scheduled to move the smaller Falcon 9 launches to Cape Canaveral to continue working on the customer order book launch, while the heavy Falcon launch from the SpaceX platform currently uses the Kennedy Space Center.
The SpaceX block at Cape Canaveral was damaged in an explosion launched last year, which also destroyed a Falcon 9 rocket and a commercial communications satellite perched on top.
Musk minimized expectations for the first heavy Falcon demonstration flight. Last week he told an audience at a conference in Washington space that there was a “good chance” that the rocket did not rise from an orbit on its first opening.
“I hope this is pretty far from the pad that does not have a cure,” he said in the speech. “I consider myself even a victory, to be honest.”
Almizcle said the rocket’s central core was more difficult to develop initially. For demonstration flight, both heavy Falcon secondary amplifiers will be reused in the first stage of the previous missions. SpaceX will try to land all three amplifiers.