KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FL – The first ever triple core Falcon Heavy rocket blasted off late Tuesday afternoon (Feb. 6) and put on a space spectacular with a massive display of raw power for a massive crowd of thrilled eyewitnesses who will long remember the day SpaceX rocked the launch world with the nearly flawless launch of the new ‘Most Powerful Rocket’ currently in operation by a factor of two!
Maiden SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket blasts off from Launch Complex 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida on Feb. 6, 2017. Credit: Ken Kremer/SpaceUpClose.com/kenkremer.com
Under gloriously sunny Sunshine state skies the rockets 27 Merlin 1D first stage engines ignited to produce nearly 5 million pounds of liftoff thrust and by far the loudest sounds to roar from the Florida Space Coast since the retirement of NASA’s space shuttles back in 2011.
Maiden SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket blasts off from Launch Complex 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida on Feb. 6, 2017 with SpaceX CEO Elon Musk’s Tesla sports car as the payload bound for Mars and beyond. Credit: Ken Kremer/SpaceUpClose.com/kenkremer.com
The two stage Falcon Heavy stands more than 229 feet (70 meters) tall and measures 39.9 feet wide (12.2 meters).
Liftoff of SpaceX Falcon Heavy on first demonstration test flight on Feb. 6, 2018 from Launch Complex 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida on Feb. 6, 2018. Credit: Julian Leek