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SpaceX just showed off its assets in a Falcon Heavy rocket video

SpaceX just showed off its assets in a Falcon Heavy rocket video

As things stand now, the launch window for the Falcon 9 rocket and its secretive payload is between 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. EST, Sunday. Last week, the new rocket hit a big developmental milestone when SpaceX turned it upright for the first time.

SpaceX has released the first close-up images and video of the Falcon Heavy rocket at launch complex 39A at the Kennedy Space Center.

While Falcon Heavy's inaugural launch will apparently see the vehicle operating at only 92% thrust, this performance would still easily catapult the rocket above all other operational launches vehicles by almost a factor of two. It's not there just for its pretty looks. He's said the vehicle will be in a "billion-year elliptic Mars orbit", but that probably does not mean it will actually orbit Mars. And according to Musk, the auto will be playing David Bowie's "Space Oddity".

These photos offer the first glimpses of the complete, integrated Falcon Heavy, now with Elon Musk's Tesla Roadster payload and second stage attached to the massive rocket.

The satellite is a low-Earth orbit satellite, meaning it would orbit within the boundaries necessary for spy and military communication satellites, according to Sky News. And although it was expected to make its first test flight in 2013, a host of delays and setbacks forced SpaceX to push back its launch date.

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SpaceX launched it's Falcon 9 from California's Vandenberg Air Force Base.

SpaceX says the rocket will be the "most powerful operational rocket in the world by a factor of two". Yes, SpaceX really is using a vehicle as dead weight for this launch. It's only fitting seeing as the Falcon Heavy is the most powerful rocket since the Saturn V.

Twelve of the attempted seventeen Falcon landings on the drone ships have been successful.

The rocket made its way to the Cape Canaveral launch facility late in 2017, but now it's actually vertical on the launchpad, undergoing its long preflight test check list before the actual attempt is made.

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