We’ve been waiting for so long. SpaceX has managed to keep anticipation for its Falcon Heavy debut high since first announcing it back in 2011.
Testing was delayed for years as engineers figured out what it would take to keep three Falcon-9 boosters—and their 27 Merlin engines—together and headed on the right trajectory when they at last ignited. We finally got a sneak peak of what that would look like when SpaceX put the Falcon Heavy through a dress rehearsal on Wednesday, firing up the engines for 12 seconds on the pad.
Billowing steam created a brief, massive cloud around the launch site. Just check out SpaceX’s footage of the test fire:
Written By Mary Beth Griggs