Falcon Heavy: SpaceX delays test launch of its largest rocket yet


SpaceX has postponed the ignition of the engine of its new Falcon Heavy rocket after failing to start the test in the allotted time, reports Alphr.

The aerospace firm, headed by Tesla co-founder Elon Musk, was scheduled to start the 27 rocket engines as part of a static test Tuesday at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, the website says.

But a series of delays in the launch pad has boosted the rocket motor test until Friday at 3:00 pm local time (20:00 GMT).

The Falcon Heavy is the most powerful rocket in the aerospace company’s fleet, says Digital Trends. Alone in power, the Heavy is only defeated by the NASA Saturn V spacecraft that took astronauts to the Moon in the late 1960s and early 1970s.

The rocket is essentially three Falcon 9s, SpaceX’s smallest and most used spacecraft, set together with a single overhead stage to carry payloads, the website says.

The company also plans to use its pioneering rocket recycling process at Falcon Heavy, the site adds. Shortly after the ship launches, the three booster rockets will land on Earth so they can be used in future missions.

It is not yet known when the rocket company plans to send Falcon Heavy into space, but Alphr says that SpaceX expects the ship to be able to complete the six-month trip to Mars.

When that time comes, says CNet, the company plans to take a Tesla Roadster to the red planet, where it will remain in orbit.