SpaceX targeting late January for Falcon Heavy debut


A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launch that was expected to happen Friday night has been pushed back to Sunday night. "Launch end of the month", he wrote.

Another delay for SpaceX's U.S. Government's Zuma payload launch aboard the Falcon 9 rocket. Then, on Instagram, Musk said a hold-down test fire for the rocket was happening next week, with plans to launch by the end of the month.

SpaceX announced January 4 that the Zuma launch had been rescheduled to no sooner than the evening of January 7 because "extreme weather" in Florida had slowed launch preparations, an apparent reference to unseasonably cold weather in the region.

The Tesla Roadster prepped for launch
The Tesla Roadster prepped for

SpaceX does have some customers for the Falcon Heavy queuing up, however. Instead, it will carry an original Tesla Roadster into an elliptic Mars orbit. SpaceX later released photos of the auto being encapsulated in the rocket's payload fairing.

SpaceX calls the Falcon Heavy "the most powerful operational rocket in the world by a factor of two". SpaceX had originally planned for this launch in November of previous year. The Falcon Heavy test will take place at the Kennedy Space Center's Launch Complex 39A.

"Excitement on launch day guaranteed, one way or another", he wrote on Instagram.