SpaceX is planning to launch its Falcon Heavy rocket on February 6th

The U.S. Government shutdown had already put this latest Falcon Heavy test on hold.

Future missions for Falcon Heavy involve taking payloads into space for Arabsat and Inmarsat. Generated quite a thunderhead of steam.

Just days after SpaceX performed a successful static fire of its Falcon Heavy rocket, Elon Musk says that the company is planning to launch the rocket for the first time on Tuesday, February 6th from Cape Kennedy in Florida.

SpaceX and Tesla CEO Elon Musk also posted on Twitter talking about Falcon Heavy.

The Falcon Heavy can carry the biggest payload since the Apollo lunar programme's Saturn V - and is viewed as an essential step in Musk's plan to establish a human colony on Mars.

The megarocket's launch will represent another major first for Musk and his company's pursuit of re-usability.

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Footage of the test fire shows the eruption of a massive cloud of exhaust and steam swallowing NASA's historic Launch Pad 39A while the Heavy's engines give off a deafening roar.

Comprised of three reusable Falcon 9 rocket cores strapped together, the spacecraft is one of the most powerful ever made.

After initial indications that Ariane 5 had an anomaly, the SES-14 satellite, as well as the other satellite on board (Al Yah 3), were both confirmed to be in lower-than-planned but stable orbits with their onboard propulsion systems capable of boosting the satellites to their intended orbit with full mission success expected/preserved.

Comparison chart of the world's heavy lift vehicles, based on historical launch data.

The Falcon Heavy rocket now sits upright on a launch pad at the Kennedy Space Center.

Wednesday's static fire is one of the last major tests for the rocket before its maiden flight, expected to occur sometime within the next two weeks. It is likely that the main objective of Falcon Heavy's extended static fire was to ensure that SpaceX had developed a safe and functional method of igniting all 27 engines without damaging itself, a real risk from the torque of each engine's turbopump operating in the same orientation.

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