Elon Musk’s private space company just revealed the first official image of the SpaceX Falcon Heavy Block 5 rocket, plus a timelapse video with the spacecraft.
Earlier this month, SpaceX engineers completed the Falcon Heavy Flight 2 by integrating the side boosters into to rocket’s core. Crane then lifted the massive rocket, weighing about 75 metric tons (165,000 lb) and mounted it on the Pad 39A T/E (transporter/erector device) which has the ability to lift and move the craft both vertically and horizontally.
Pad 39A also possesses fueling and communication hardware. Once there, SpaceX Falcon Heavy Block 5 rocket performed the first static fire test, opening the road to the launch scheduled for April 9th. “Booster mate inside SpaceX’s hangar at LC-39A ahead of Falcon Heavy’s static fire yesterday,” said SpaceX on Twitter.
SpaceX revealed the first official image of the SpaceX Falcon Heavy Block 5 rocket
Elon Musk’s company shared a timelapse video with the rocket (one that you can see at the end of this article). Also, the company released the first official image of the SpaceX Falcon Heavy Block 5 spacecraft – a 4K pic that reveals all the 27 Falcon Heavy’s Merlin 1D engines which can produce 2550 metric tons (25,000 kN or 5.6 million pounds) of thrust.
“Falcon Heavy’s 27 Merlin engines generate more than 5 million pounds of thrust at liftoff, making it the world’s most powerful operational rocket by a factor of two,” said SpaceX on Twitter, referring to the engines’ thrust power.
The 4K image of the SpaceX Falcon Heavy Block 5 rocket is the most detailed one yet unveiled with the engines of this large spacecraft. In the picture, there is also visible a green patina, a feature that Falcon 9 Block 5 boosters have not presented. That might be an improved heat shield structure or just a manufacturing vestige that would tear off when the rocket reenters the atmosphere.
Booster mate inside SpaceX's hangar at LC-39A ahead of Falcon Heavy’s static fire yesterday pic.twitter.com/G7ZPhOBkyj
— SpaceX (@SpaceX) April 6, 2019
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