SpaceX test-fired its Falcon Heavy rocket on Wednesday, bringing it one step closer to becoming one of the most powerful rockets to ever launch.
This was the first time SpaceX fired up Falcon Heavy, in a typical test that is critical to preparing a rocket for launch. CEO Elon Musk said in a tweet shortly after that the test firing “was good,” adding that Falcon Heavy will launch “in a week or so.”
Falcon Heavy is built on top three of the company’s Falcon 9 rocket cores, creating a 27-engine behemoth that should generate the thrust equivalent to about 18 Boeing 747 aircraft at liftoff. Musk has called Falcon Heavy the “most powerful rocket in the world by a factor of two.”
Testing delays have pushed back the planned static fire, which is a test where the rocket ignites its engines while strapped to the launchpad.
Falcon Heavy’s static fire took place at Launch Complex 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center, where the inaugural launch should take place in the next few weeks.
SpaceX did not immediately respond to CNBC’s request for comment.
For the upcoming test flight, the rocket will not carry a customer’s payload. Instead, Musk will launch a Tesla Roadster playing David Bowie’s “Space Oddity” into “a billion year elliptic Mars orbit.” Musk is also CEO of Tesla.
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SpaceX test fires Falcon Heavy, one of the most powerful rockets ever