At approximately 5.30am AEDT on February 7, SpaceX's Falcon Heavy rocket is set to embark on its long-anticipated debut flight. Armed with 63,800kg of thrust, it will be the most powerful operational rocket in the world. Well, that's assuming it doesn't blow up on launch or come careening back toward Earth -- something SpaceX CEO Elon Musk says is a distinct possibility.
SPACE: SpaceX receives launch license for first Falcon Heavy launch.
SpaceX's Falcon Heavy rocket has been a long time coming. The successor to its Falcon 9 and the vehicle hoped to carry humans to Mars, this booster will be one of the most powerful ever. And we've just gotten our best look at it yet...
The Falcon Heavy, which has 27 engines and generates the same thrust as 18 Boeing 747s, is designed to take manned missions to Mars.
When it launches from Cape Canaveral, the Falcon Heavy will be the most powerful lift vehicle in the world.