SpaceX prepares to launch secretive Zuma satellite


Before the final liftoff, SpaceX plans to do a static fire test where the rocket is tethered to the ground while the engines are ignited.

While Falcon Heavy's inaugural launch will apparently see the vehicle operating at only 92% thrust, this performance would still easily catapult the rocket above all other operational launches vehicles by almost a factor of two. Its performance with full recovery of its three first stages is not public, on the other hand, but SpaceX will nevertheless be attempting to recover all first stages alongside the inaugural launch. Musk himself has hinted that there could be a considerably sized fireball in store for anyone watching the show, since no matter how many simulations you run, real-world launches always prove different from what a computer tells you will happen.

The rocket can transfer a massive payload into space, and its capacity is the largest since the Apollo lunar program's Saturn V rocket.

SpaceX has said that the rocket will be capable of carrying 140,000 pounds of cargo into space. For instance a Falcon 9 Zuma mission which carries a mysterious U.S. Government payload has had months of postponing and is expected to launch on Friday.

Musk, 46, made the announcement via Twitter earlier this month, telling his followers the first flight of the SpaceX Falcon Heavy, will blast off from Cape Canaveral, site of the historic Apollo 11 mission with his auto on board.

SpaceX Falcon Heavy

Musk has been a little vague about the rocket's destination, perhaps intentionally. Musk recently said that the first passenger to orbit Mars will be his own cherry red Tesla Roadster.

'Falcon Heavy to launch next month from Apollo 11 pad at the Cape.

The mission marks SpaceX's most ambitious project to date. Inside that cone-shaped faring rests Elon Musk's personal Tesla Roadster. The company will be launching the spacecraft Zuma from Cape Canaveral, Florida, the home base of NASA's Kennedy Space Center.

The United States has once again risen to become the country with the greatest number of space launches in 2017, buoyed by the strength of private launch companies.

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