Although SpaceX had scheduled for Falcon Heavy’s static fire tests back in 2013, the initial plan was delayed multiple times due to unforeseen circumstances. However, after long delays, the company has successfully completed the rocket earlier on Wednesday at Florida.
In case you didn’t know, static fire tests are conducted on rockets to find out performance of their engines prior to launch. In order to do this, the rockets’ engines are fired up to simulate first stage but the rocket never leaves the launch pad.
However, apart from notification, the company hasn’t released any specific information about the test including the performance. shortly after the test, Elon Musk tweeted, “Falcon Heavy hold-down firing this morning was good. Generated quite a thunderhead of steam. Launching in a week or so.”
At the moment, Falcon Heavy is the most powerful working rocket as it is designed to carry more than 119,000 pounds into orbit. As for now, it’s unclear when SpaceX is planning on launching the rocket as the company will launch Flacon 9 later on January 30th. Due to the successful static fire test, it’s likely that Falcon Heavy’s launch will shortly follow afterwards.