SpaceX's Falcon Heavy to launch Musk's Tesla into space on Feb

According to NASA Space Flight, SpaceX finally has a launch date set for its Falcon Heavy rocket. "Generated quite a thunderhead of steam", wrote SpaceX CEO Elon Musk in his Twitter post.

SpaceX has commercial launches already planned which will use Falcon Heavy where the heavy-lift rocket is a key component in the plan to send tourists to the Moon and Mars making planetary tourism a real thing in future.

SpaceX plans to start building its first BFR by mid year. It features three Falcon 9 first-stage boosters joined together with a second-stage on the middle one.

The rocket fired all 27 engines for Wednesday's test.

For the Falcon Heavy's first payload, Musk has picked his own midnight-cherry-red Tesla Roadster, which would be launched on a trajectory aimed for Mars orbit. Static fire operations of the flight-proven booster that will launch the SES-16/GovSat1 mission next week occurred around midday local time on Friday. It also has three times more engines. He heads up the Tesla electric vehicle company, as well as SpaceX and several other companies. In comparison, the company's Falcon 9 rocket, used to launch Zuma and to deliver cargo to and from the International Space Station, only has nine engines.

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It will, Musk predicted just over a month ago, "be in deep space for a billion years or so if it doesn't blow up on ascent".

In fact, SES-16 will kick off a busy two weeks for SpaceX, with four launches (three Falcon 9s and 1 Falcon Heavy) slated to occur between 30 January and mid-February. That's been customary ever since a Falcon 9 exploded during a 2016 practice engine firing, destroying both rocket and satellite.

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

Launch viewing tickets through Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex went on sale Thursday and quickly sold out for the closest "Feel the Heat" spots at the Apollo/Saturn V Center.

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