SpaceX’s rocket Falcon Heavy completes hold-down firing test

SpaceX’s new heavy-lift rocket Falcon Heavy completed its static firing test at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida after multiple delays.

The Falcon Heavy rocket ignited all 27 engines of its first-stage at about 12:30 pm. American Eastern Standard Time for about 10 seconds, spewing violent exhaust and steam, a video on SpaceX’s official Twitter showed.

“Falcon Heavy hold-down firing this morning was good. Generated quite a thunde rhead of steam,” wrote SpaceX CEO Elon Musk in his Twitter post.He added that the mega-rocket’s maiden launch could be just a week away or so.

Previously, Musk said that the rocket would carry a red Tesla Roadster and that the payload be injected into an orbit around the sun that lies between Earth’s orbit and Mars’ orbit, reports Xinhua.

The Falcon Heavy, a reusable super heavy-lift launch vehicle, is seen as the world’s most powerful rocket since NASA’s Saturn V. It is a variant of the Falcon 9 launch vehicle and consists of a strengthened Falcon 9 rocket core with two additional Falcon 9 first stages as strap-on boosters.