SpaceX posted a tweet right after un-holding firing that, "First static fire test of SpaceX Falcon Heavy complete - one step closer to first test flight!" The goal was to fire all 27 engines of the massive rocket at the launch pad and check if the whole thing, three Falcon 9 cores combined to form one heavy-lift vehicle, works properly and is ready to take to the skies. Eastern Time (1730 GMT), and lasted a whopping 12 seconds.
If all goes according to plan, the Falcon Heavy will off and enter Earth's orbit. Even though the Senate voted in favour of resuming the activities, it is still unclear when the activities will resume.
When its first stage boosters are not recovered, SpaceX's Falcon Heavy will be capable of delivering up to 140,660 pounds (63,800 kilograms) to low Earth orbit when launched to the east from Florida's Space Coast, where rockets get a velocity boost from Earth's rotation.
That has been a long time coming, much longer than Musk originally promised. "This shutdown impacts SpaceX's Falcon Heavy demonstration, which is critical for future NSS missions".
'It also impacts critical missions for our customers, including important worldwide allies scheduled to launch shortly from Cape Canaveral and Vandenberg Air Force Base, as well as upcoming missions this spring to resupply the global Space Station'.
SpaceX has won two national security space contracts or NSS missions that Taylor mentions in his statement.
SpaceX has also scheduled test flights of the Crew Dragon, the capsule it is building to carry NASA astronauts to the International Space Station, although that date may slip again into 2019.
Zuma was SpaceX's third national-security mission for the USA government. Musk has repeatedly warned the rocket could explode.
"Launching in a week or so", he said.
Musk made a decision to put the auto on the Falcon Heavy mostly out of a sense of whimsy.
Musk's personal midnight cherry Roadster will be sent into space on the rockets maiden voyage in a hugely expensive PR stunt, it has been reported.
Other possible targets for Falcon Heavy include Saturn's moons Titan and Enceladus and the ice giants Neptune and Uranus.
SpaceX says it has the most powerful rocket in the world.
The company confirmed the test fire in a tweet. Launch end of the month'. It's constructed by strapping three of SpaceX's proven Falcon 9 rockets together, which provides around 5 million pounds of thrust at takeoff.