Ahead of the highly anticipated test launch of the Falcon Heavy on February 6, 2018 at 1:30 EST from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, SpaceX released a really stunning animation set to the iconic David Bowie song “Life on Mars“. The animation models the expected launch of the world’s most powerful rocket, what happens in space after the launch, how the center rocket and side boosters return to Earth and what it would be like to drive a car in space.
When Falcon Heavy lifts off, it will be the most powerful operational rocket in the world by a factor of two. With the ability to lift into orbit nearly 64 metric tons (141,000 lb)—a mass greater than a 737 jetliner loaded with passengers, crew, luggage and fuel–Falcon Heavy can lift more than twice the payload of the next closest operational vehicle, the Delta IV Heavy, at one-third the cost.
Falcon Heavy sends a car to Mars https://t.co/Y7uBtU6Mt2
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) February 5, 2018
The first test flight of Falcon Heavy is targeted for Tuesday, February 6th at 1:30 PM ET from Launch Complex 39A at Kennedy Space Center in Florida. When Falcon Heavy lifts off, it will be the most powerful operational rocket in the world by a factor of two. For this test flight, Falcon Heavy’s side cores are flight-proven—both previously supported independent Falcon 9 missions in 2016.