We’re all abuzz with the appearance of the #SpaceX #FalconHeavy on LC-39A this morning! Though no date is confirmed, today’s testing brings us closer to launch day. Look for future updates here: https://t.co/vWVB16E4eP pic.twitter.com/T3YB75RdmB
— KSC Visitor Complex (@ExploreSpaceKSC) December 28, 2017
The rocket is undergoing a fit check on the launch pad. A brief static fire of the first stage’s 27 engines will follow in January prior to the maiden flight set for later in the month.
Falcon Heavy will be capable of lifting 63,800 kg (140,655 lb) to low Earth orbit, 26,700 kg (58,863 lb) to geosynchronous transfer orbit and 16,800 kg (37,038 lb) to Mars. That will make it the most powerful booster in the world.
The payload for the maiden flight will be a Red Tesla Roadster.