Thursday 21 June 2018

In Video: New SpaceX rocket roars into life

The Falcon Heavy is expected to be launched on a test flight soon.

The Falcon Heavy briefly roared to life at Nasa's Kennedy Space Centre (Craig Bailey/Florida Today via AP)
The Falcon Heavy briefly roared to life at Nasa's Kennedy Space Centre (Craig Bailey/Florida Today via AP)

By Associated Press Reporter

SpaceX has fired up its newest, biggest rocket in a critical launch pad test, advancing towards a long-anticipated test flight possibly in just a week.

The Falcon Heavy briefly roared into life for the first time at Nasa’s Kennedy Space Centre in Florida.

All three boosters – 27 engines in all – were tested. The thunderous booms could be heard at the press site three miles away, as huge white clouds of engine exhaust billowed into a clear blue sky.

SpaceX chief executive Elon Musk was happy with the test, tweeting: “Generated quite a thunderhead of steam. Launching in a week or so.”

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