SpaceX’s largest bet is now ready to launch after several years of delays. The Falcon Heavy will perform its first launch on Feb. 6 at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida, carrying Elon Musk’s Tesla Roadster into Mars’ orbit, after which the roadster will eventually land in the red planet. The launch itself its becoming an attraction on its own with NASA selling tickets to interested enthusiasts to a viewing party for up to US$195.
This 70m tall rocket has a maximum liftoff payload of 2,270 tons which will make the most powerful operational rocket in the world and the second largest after NASA’s Saturn V moon rocket, which safely placed people on the moon.
What sets Space X rockets apart is that they are potentially reusable (if all goes according to plan), bringing about significant savings in manufacture costs per launch. According to SpaceX, the Falcon Heavy was designed to take humans to space and, launching from the same platform that once sent Neil Armstrong to the moon, the company aims to place itself at the lead of a new age of space travel.