SpaceX launches Falcon Heavy rocket, test flight successful

The most powerful rocket, launched over the last 45 years may carry up to 63 tons of cargo to the low earth orbit
23:16, 6 February 2018

U.S. company SpaceX successfully conducted the first test flight of Falcon Heavy; the rocket took off from Cape Canaveral on Tuesday, February 6. 

After seven years of preparations and numerous delays of the launch, Elon Musk's company eventually launched the rocket - the most powerful one that went to space over the last 45 years. 

The developers' team stated that the goals are to check the Falcon Heavy's operability, as well as the opportunity to launch satellites on the earth orbit.

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The rocket's height makes 70 meters, its total diameter is t 3.7 meters, and it weighs is 1,420 tons.  

Elon Musk put his own Tesla Roadster inside the cargo module.

Falcon Heavy may be used for transporting tourists to the moon orbit. The device can carry up to 63 tons of cargo on the low earth orbit; the price of a launch varies from 80 to 120 million U.S. dollars, depending on the load. 

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One of the missile boosters landed on Cape Canaveral, the other at a floating platform in the Atlantic.

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