Falcon Heavy test flight
|Configuration||Falcon Heavy R|
|Boosters||B1023.2 and B1025.2|
|Date||20:45:00, 6 February 2018 (UTC)|
|Window||2 hours 30 minutes|
|Assembly facility||SpaceX Hawthorne|
|1.6639 au (248,920,000 km)|
The Falcon Heavy Test Flight (also known as Falcon Heavy demonstration mission) was the first attempt by
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In April 2011, SpaceX was planning for a first launch of Falcon Heavy from
Due partly to the failure of
There's a real good chance the vehicle won't make it to orbit ... I hope it makes it far enough away from the pad that it does not cause pad damage. I would consider even that a win, to be honest.
Musk went on to say the integration and structural challenges of combining three Falcon 9 cores were much more difficult than expected. The plan was for all three cores to land back on Earth after launch.
In December 2017, Musk tweeted that the dummy payload on the maiden Falcon Heavy launch would be
On December 28, 2017, the Falcon Heavy was moved to the launch pad in preparation of a static fire test of all 27 engines, which was expected on January 19, 2018. However, due to the