SpaceX says only the Saturn V moon rocket, last flown in 1973, delivered more payload to orbit.
Moments ago was the successful launch of the Falcon Heavy, the world's most powerful rocket to date. When a Falcon 9 rocket blew up on the launch pad in 2016, it put LC-39A out of commission for almost a year.
SpaceX has hit a rocket straight out of the park on the first test flight of its big new rocket.
"What I find odd about this flight is that normally I feel super stressed out the day before; this time I don't", SpaceX CEO Elon Musk said in a news teleconference yesterday (Feb. 5).
Originally slated to launch as early as 2013 or 2014, SpaceX had to repeatedly push back its plans for Falcon Heavy. The reasons behind this launch has many angles but we know one thing for sure, Musk aims to use this launch to show that these rockets can do a lot more than just place communication satellites in the orbit or haul cargo for NASA to the ISS.
To demonstrate Falcon Heavy's freight-handling capabilities, Musk is using his 2008 Tesla Roadster as a test payload.
This afternoon SpaceX plans to test the Falcon Heavy rocket that Musk first announced formally seven years ago. Cameras on board the vehicle show it cruising by Earth, which appears as a big blue orb in the background. You can stream the launch on SpaceX's website here, or watch PBS's YouTube live-stream here. It can carry up to 140,000 pounds, which is more than twice the amount of any other rocket. At times, it might pass very close to Mars, and Mr. Musk said there was an "extremely tiny" chance that it could crash into Mars.
Young said SpaceX has proven a boon to the state economy and holds the promise of contributing more in the future perhaps as provider of a space-based internet system and jam-resistant communications for the military.