The head of SpaceX company Ilon Mask stated through his page in "Twitter" that the first launch of the new super-heavy-weight rocket Falcon Heavy will be held on February 6. The announcement came three days after the successful static burning of the rocket engines installed on the launch Pad 39A of the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Mask briefly noted that the tests were "good," but neither he nor the company provided any additional details.
"We are preparing to launch Falcon Heavy on February 6 from Pad 39A launch pad of the Kennedy Space Center. For those who want to see, there will be an excellent view, "wrote Mask in" Twitter. "
The head of SpaceX did not specify a specific start time, but Spacenews.com reported with reference to its sources that the company reserved a three-four-hour start window from 13: 30 east time. As a backup option, the next day (February 7) is selected, if the weather and other factors do not allow launching immediately.
Earlier in his commentary on the successful static burning of rocket engines Falcon Heavy Mask noted that the launch could take place "somewhere in a week." In other words, by February 6, SpaceX will have time to make all the necessary preparations for the missile. Even before the launch, Falcon Heavy SpaceX is going to launch a Falcon 9 carrier rocket with the GovSat-1 communication satellite on board on January 30.
Since the launch of Falcon Heavy will be test, the lack of an operational payload will allow the start window to be opened longer. As an imitation of payload for the carrier rocket, the electric roadster Tesla will be used, which Ilon Mask decided to sacrifice in the name of a good goal in December of last year, promising to launch the car into a geostationary orbit around Mars.
Given the nature of the test launch, Mask previously noted that expectations should be appropriate.
"There is a high probability that the spacecraft will not be put into orbit. I want everyone to understand this and not to create illusions, "Musk said in July last year, participating in the Conference on Research and Development on board the International Space Station.
" Nevertheless, I invite people to descend to Cape Canaveral and Look at the first launch of the Falcon Heavy launch vehicle. I guarantee that the spectacle will be amazing. "
Despite the fact that the launch day has already been selected, the company has not yet received the necessary permission to conduct it – it is issued by the Office of Space Commercial Transport. As a rule, this permission is issued a few days before the launch.
Many people around the world are waiting for this historic launch, because Falcon Heavy will become the largest US carrier rocket, taking the place of the previous leader – "Saturn-5". The excitement around the upcoming launch is such that the Kennedy Space Center even allocated tickets for people who want to look at it from the most convenient places.
The price of the most expensive ticket is $ 195 per person. Having paid this amount, anyone can look at the launch from Apollo / Saturn V Center – the nearest observation point. The price also includes a "premium buffet with champagne and snacks". For 115 dollars people will be allowed to enter the center for guests and visitors, and after the launch they are expected to have a "party with a DJ, beach games, gifts and much more."