SpaceX test fires its Falcon Heavy rocket ahead of second-ever flight next week

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In just a matter of days, SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy rocket will take to the skies again for its second ever flight.

It’s been fourteen months since its maiden launch, when it blasted off to become the most powerful rocket in use today, and Falcon Heavy is now gearing up for round two – this time to launch its first commercial mission.

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SpaceX completed a static fire of the massive rocket today ahead of lift-off next week, which is currently planned for April 9.

Falcon Heavy will be carrying Lockheed Martin’s Arabsat 6A communications satellite to orbit when it blasts off from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

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Tuesday’s tentative launch date will be the first time Falcon Heavy flies using the new Block 5 hardware, which is designed to last longer than previous versions without the need for refurbishment.

Because of this, CEO Elon Musk says they’re being ‘extra cautious,’ and says the schedule could shift.

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Falcon Heavy will be even more powerful this time around, with a maximum thrust of 2,550 tons, according to Musk – or about 10 percent higher...
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