A large number of space reporters and enthusiasts were on hand for Wednesday’s Static Fire Test of SpaceX’s tri-core Falcon Heavy rocket, capturing the milestone from different perspectives.
Firing up its 27 Merlin engines at 17:30 UTC, Falcon Heavy sent a rumble across Cape Canaveral that appeared to surprise even seasoned space reporters as Falcon Heavy pumped over eighty metric tons through its engines over the course of the planned 12-second test. Falcon Heavy’s roar was heard nearly 50 Kilometers from Cape Canaveral and provided a preview of what’s in store for the rocket’s maiden launch. (Recap of Wednesday’s Static Fire Test)
First static fire test of Falcon Heavy complete—one step closer to first test flight! pic.twitter.com/EZF4JOT8e4
— SpaceX (@SpaceX) January 24, 2018
— Jon Shaban ???? (@Jon_Shaban) January 24, 2018
My raw video of the #SpaceX Falcon Heavy static-fire at Kennedy Space Center. Come for the cloud plumes, stay for the sound.
A French space reporter just yelled "It's like the 4th of July!" pic.twitter.com/vJssukqgIz
— Robin Seemangal (@nova_road) January 24, 2018
— Emre Kelly (@EmreKelly) January 24, 2018