Elon Musk Says SpaceX Will Launch World's Most Powerful Rocket

Elon Musk Says SpaceX Will Launch World's Most Powerful Rocket

SpaceX is scheduled to launch a Falcon 9 rocket from Kennedy Space Center January 7 with the launch window opening at 8 p.m. The launch will take place from launch pad 40 at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida.

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launch that was expected to happen Friday night has been pushed back to Sunday night. At 2500 tons of thrust, equal to 18 Boeing 747 aircraft at full throttle, it will be the most powerful rocket in the world by a factor of two.

"Hold-down test fire next week". The decision was made with an eye on the extreme cold weather and storm Grayson affecting the East Coast, and the company said the weather slowed down its operations too.

If all goes according to plan, Falcon Heavy will launch before the end of the month. It was originally set for launch in mid-November, and has now been delayed four times.

Earlier in the week, SpaceX shared several up-close photos of the rocket.

If that demonstration mission is a success, SpaceX has at least two more Falcon Heavy launches planned for 2018, of the Arabsat 6A communications satellite and the Space Test Program 2 mission for the U.S. Air Force, although the timing of those missions is uncertain.

"Excitement on launch day guaranteed, one way or another", Musk said.

Musk, though, has lowered expectations for the first Falcon Heavy launch, something he also did in his Instagram post.

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