SpaceX is now planning to attempt the first launch of its Falcon Heavy rocket around the end of this month, the company's chief executive said January 4. Musk said in an Instagram post that, at 2,500 tons of thrust, the rocket is equivalent to 18 Boeing 747 aircraft at full throttle.
Till Wednesday, when Grayson was already the talk of the country, the Elon Musk company was still targeting a Friday launch, saying it had performed a propellant loading test successfully and that an additional static fire test was not needed.
Earlier in the week, SpaceX shared several up-close photos of the rocket.
Friday's launch was the fourth set of 10 satellites in a series of 75 total satellites that SpaceX will launch for Iridium.
Musk also revealed that the rocket would carry out a test fire next week with a full launch at the end of the month.
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SpaceX announced January 4 that the Zuma launch had been rescheduled to no sooner than the evening of January 7 because "extreme weather" in Florida had slowed launch preparations, an apparent reference to unseasonably cold weather in the region.
"There's a lot of risk associated with the Falcon Heavy", he told SpaceNews.
Despite Musk's enthusiasm Thursday, he has previously expressed some concerns.
Coverage of the launch can be seen on Space Coast Daily TV.