In BriefSpaceX tweeted a video of a test firing of its heavy duty rocket, Falcon Heavy. The full launch is expected to happen sometime this summer. The rocket has the ability to launch 54 metric tons into orbit.
SpaceX has bounced back in a big way since the infamous setback in June of 2015. Since then, SpaceX has revolutionized space travel; launching and landing reusable rockets successfully for the first time in history. Now, SpaceX is moving forward with the launch of its Falcon Heavy rocket, an important stepping stone on the path to get humans to Mars by 2025.
SpaceX recently sent a tweet of the rocket being tested. The post also contained a video that showed the raw power of the rocket.
Static fire test of a Falcon Heavy side booster completed in McGregor, TX last week. This booster previously launched Thaicom 8. pic.twitter.com/nWrNCXtu13
— SpaceX (@SpaceX) May 25, 2017
Falcon Heavy has the ability to lift 54 metric tons (119,000 lbs) into orbit. The SpaceX website explains that the rocket “was designed from the outset to carry humans into space and restores the possibility of flying missions with crew to the Moon or Mars.”
The launch is expected to happen sometime this summer and will utilize two boosters from previous flights. This will allow for the cheapest launch of comparable class. The Falcon Heavy has the ability to lift twice as much as the rocket next in line (in terms of size/capability), and can do so at one-third the cost.