february, 2018

06feb18:30Falcon Heavy • Demo FlightThe Long-Awaited Maiden Launch

Event Details

Launch Date: February 6, 2018
Launch Window: 18:30-21:00 UTC
Launch Vehicle: Falcon Heavy
Launch Operator: SpaceX
Launch Site: LC-39A, Kennedy Space Center, Florida
Payload: Tesla Roadster
Payload Operator: SpaceX
Vehicle Configuration: Core: B1033 (New)
Side: B1023.2 (Thaicom 8)
Side: B1025.2 (SpX-9)
Recovery: RTLS (Side Boosters), ASDS (Core Stage)


The long-awaited Falcon Heavy debut is targeting a late 2017 rollout to Launch Complex 39A for final testing ahead of a high-profile liftoff from Florida’s Space Coast. Comprising three Falcon 9 cores, Falcon Heavy hosts a total of 27 engines that fire to lift the vehicle off the ground followed by a period of reduced thrust flight on the central core to extend its burn time. Both side boosters used on the maiden launch are re-used Falcon 9 stages each with one prior operational flight; they will target near-simultaneous landings on two pads at Cape Canaveral’s Landing Zone-1 while the center core will aim for touchdown on the OCISLY Drone Ship.



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(Tuesday) 18:30 UTC


Launch Complex 39A