SpaceX Falcon Heavy status updates: Teams working toward test fire

CAPE CANAVERAL – SpaceX teams are laying the groundwork for the eventual launch of the company’s highly anticipated three-core Falcon Heavy rocket, which will likely lift off on its demonstration flight early this year.

First, teams will test fire the 230-foot-tall rocket’s 27 Merlin main engines, a routine operation that will produce data for analysis by engineers. If all goes well after the testing phase, the rocket’s inaugural flight from Kennedy Space Center’s pad 39A will be scheduled.

SpaceX’s first Falcon Heavy rocket was loaded with propellants Saturday at Kennedy Space Center’s launch pad 39A, as engineers make progress preparing for a hold-down engine firing, and eventually liftoff of the huge commercial launcher.

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