The solidification of Falcon Heavy's first true launch date has unsurprisingly proceeded only after the massive rocket's first static fire, a momentous moment captured in person by Teslarati photographer Tom Cross.
The Falcon Heavy is basically three Falcon 9 rockets - SpaceX's workhorse of a launcher - strapped together, giving it the ability to launch larger payloads than SpaceX has ever been able to haul before, to destinations like Mars. SpaceX also made extensive modifications to pad 39A.
This now paves the way for a data review and an L-2 (Launch -2 day) Launch Readiness Review that will likely clear the Falcon 9 for launch of the SES payload.
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World's most powerful rocket Falcon Heavy.
SpaceX shared a video of yesterday's vital test on Twitter, writing: "First static fire test of Falcon Heavy complete-one step closer to first test flight!" The rocket's two side cores will return to touch down at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station's Landing Zone 1, while the center core - which burns the longest after liftoff - will target a landing on the company's Of Course I Still Love You drone ship.
It was Musk's first tweet in more than a week.
The very public statement affirmed SES's commitment and faith in SpaceX and the Falcon 9 rocket - which the company will use for a fifth time with SES-16's launch.
There is no official payload because this is a test flight for SpaceX, but Musk announced late a year ago that a cherry red Tesla will be encapsulated in the rocket's nose cone and launched toward Mars orbit.