SpaceX's powerful Falcon Heavy rocket soars in the sky

A Tesla dealership is seen in West Drayton just outside London Britain

A Tesla dealership is seen in West Drayton just outside London Britain

Elon Musk's SpaceX is scheduled to launch its Falcon Heavy rocket Tuesday in its maiden flight from a historic launch pad at the Kennedy Space Center.

The Falcon Heavy was first created to send humans to the moon or Mars, but Musk said Monday it is now being considered as a carrier of equipment and supplies to deep space destinations. The launch was originally slated for 1:30 p.m., but was delayed to wait for winds in Earth's upper atmospheres to die down.

"Falcon Heavy can launch about 64 tonnes into low Earth orbit, now that's alost a factor three more than the current running biggest launch vehicle, Delta IV Heavy", astrophysicist David Clements from Imperial College told Al Jazeera. Not anymore. Tesla founder and space enthusiast Elon Musk created his own private enterprise, SpaceX, in 2002 and has been working since then with the ultimate goal of sending humans to Mars. In the driver's seat of the convertible is "Starman", a dummy in a spacesuit, with one hand on the steering wheel. The significantly affordable price offered by SpaceX is said to be due to the launcher's reusable boosters.

If the test launch is successful, SpaceX's launcher will become the most powerful rocket in the world.

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The aircraft has a triple-booster configuration, consisting of three of SpaceX's Falcon 9 rockets, all equipped with 27 Merlin engines that can generate more than five million pounds of combined thrust at take-off. In line with the company, it is going to cost only $90 million/Launch, a fraction of the price of similar heavy-lift rockets.

Also worth noting - SpaceX says it will send two paying customers around the Moon using the Falcon Heavy at some point in the future.

If all goes according to plan, SpaceX would be able to stake its claim on building the most powerful operational rocket in the world.

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About two minutes into the flight, the two side boosters peeled away and made their way back toward Earth for an upright landing. And from those cameras, we will hopefully get those "epic views" Musk mentioned.

Now there are some great expectations revolving around SpaceX at the moment. This historical launch site was used for the Apollo 11 mission to the Moon as well as numerous Space Shuttle missions, including the final Shuttle launch.

Thousands of onlookers could be heard cheering on SpaceX's livestream.

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