SpaceX shows off its Falcon Heavy rocket vertical on the launchpad

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Apart from the highly secretive Zuma launch, SpaceX also has its Falcon Heavy test scheduled to take off from Cape Canaveral in later January.

The rocket made its way to the Cape Canaveral launch facility late in 2017, but now it's actually vertical on the launchpad, undergoing its long preflight test check list before the actual attempt is made. The Heavy, if all goes well, will set the record as the most powerful rocket to date. Musk himself has hinted that there could be a considerably sized fireball in store for anyone watching the show, since no matter how many simulations you run, real-world launches always prove different from what a computer tells you will happen. This is the same facility that NASA used to launch all the Saturn V Apollo rockets. SpaceX had originally planned for this launch in November of past year. For instance a Falcon 9 Zuma mission which carries a mysterious U.S. Government payload has had months of postponing and is expected to launch on Friday.

Earlier in the week, SpaceX shared several up-close photos of the rocket. "Launch end of the month", he wrote.

'Test flights of new rockets usually contain mass simulators in the form of concrete or steel blocks, ' Musk said.

'The payload will be an original Tesla Roadster, playing Space Oddity, on a billion year elliptic Mars orbit'.

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The rise stems entirely from the private space industry, in particular SpaceX. This orbit will cross the orbit of Mars, so the auto will get close to the red planet without remaining in orbit.

The vast rocket, which is ultimately three Falcon 9 rockets linked together, will have the combined thrust to eventually launch 140,000 pounds (63,500kg) of cargo into orbit.

Last month, Musk unveiled the 2017 Tesla Roadster, billed as the fastest production vehicle ever made.

SpaceX has been working on the Falcon Heavy rocket for years, and announced this fall that work to build an even bigger rocket that will be capable of transporting humans to Mars was already underway.

It was last in the year 2002 that the US led the number of space launches, but following the Columbia disaster, Russian Federation topped the list every year from 2003 to 2015.

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