SpaceX sets Falcon Heavy’s first liftoff for Feb. 6

Falcon Heavy
SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy stands tall at Launch Complex 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida during ground testing. (SpaceX Photo)

The world’s most powerful rocket finally has a date for its debut: Feb. 6.

In a tweet, SpaceX CEO Elon Musk confirmed the target date for the first test launch of his company’s Falcon Heavy rocket, which is due to send Musk’s red Tesla Roadster sports car on a flight of fancy ranging out as far as the orbit of Mars.

He touted “easy viewing” of the scheduled liftoff from the historic Launch Complex 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida, which previously served as the site of liftoffs for moon rockets and space shuttles.

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By Alan Boyle

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