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Elon Musk has declared the SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket could launch as early as next week.

Falcon Heavy will be the most powerful operational rocket in the world, and might one day travel to Mars.

The company CEO tweeted Wednesday: “Falcon Heavy hold-down firing this morning was good. Generated quite a thunderhead of steam. Launching in a week or so.”


Of course, the maiden voyage could still be delayed. Extreme weather and testing issues held back the recent ill-fated launch of a secret Zuma satellite by nearly two months. The U.S. Government shutdown had already put this latest Falcon Heavy test on hold.

The rocket fired all 27 engines for Wednesday’s test. In comparison, the company’s Falcon 9 rocket, used to launch Zuma and to deliver cargo to and from the International Space Station, only has nine engines. This vital test helps engineers prepare for the launch itself.

SpaceX shared a video of yesterday’s vital test on Twitter, writing: “First static fire test of Falcon Heavy complete—one step closer to first test flight!”

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