SpaceX is all set to launch its Falcon Heavy Rocket on Feb. 6 from Cape Canaveral’s Kennedy Space Center during a three-hour window that starts at 1:30 p.m. EST.
Back in July, SpaceX founder Elon Musk tweeted that he would send his own electric vehicle, the Tesla Roadster as payload, playing David Bowie's "Space Oddity" on full volume. However, now, it seems there is a change in the song selection.
"Falcon Heavy launch simulation almost ready," Musk recently tweeted. "Will be set to Bowie's Life on Mars."
Though Musk mentioned that there was a good chance that the vehicle would not make it to orbit and he wanted to ensure that set expectations accordingly, the tech billionaire added that he encouraged people to visit Cape Canaveral to view the launch of the first Falcon Heavy mission.
“I encourage people to come down to the Cape to see the first Falcon Heavy mission,” Musk tweeted. “It’s guaranteed to be exciting.”
How To Watch The SpaceX Falcon Heavy Rocket Launch Live
The historic event will see the launch of the most powerful rocket built to date. It can be viewed live from the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex, and though the closest viewing seats have already been sold out, $75 tickets are still available for seats located at a distance of 7.5 miles from the launchpad.
The $75 tickets won’t enable a spectator to see the initial launch of the rocket, but the rocket will become visible in the sky a few moments after liftoff. The admission tickets will include a two-day pass to the visitor’s center in the facility.
The launch can also be viewed from the coast, and the Space Coast Office of Tourism has compiled a list of viewing locations from where the public can watch the liftoff without having to pay anything. The locations include Playalinda Beach, Alan Shephard Park, and the Canaveral National Seashore.
Easiest Way To Watch The Launch
The Falcon Heavy Rocket liftoff can also be viewed easily on smartphones and PCs. SpaceX will be streaming the event live on its YouTube channel via numerous high definition cameras placed both on the falcon itself and at the Kennedy Space Center launch pad. The official Facebook page of the company will also carry out a live stream.
The Falcon Heavy Rocket
Measuring 40 feet in width and 229 feet in length, the Falcon Heavy has a thrust capacity of nearly 4.7 million pounds and a liftoff capacity of 54 tons to low-Earth orbit, which makes it two times more powerful than any other rocket that is currently in operation.