Elon Musk 'really hopeful' for test launch of Falcon Heavy rocket

- SpaceX successfully launched what is now the world's most powerful rocket Tuesday, a towering behemoth known as the Falcon Heavy that tore through the sky with the thundering force of 18 Boeing 747 jetliners.

SpaceX launched a Falcon Heavy rocket on February 6 from the Apollo launchpad 39A at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

The day before launch, SpaceX founder Elon Musk put the odds of a successful flight at somewhere between 50 percent and 70 percent.

"I would consider it a win if it just clears the pad and doesn't blow the pad to smithereens", he said. It is the company's most powerful rocket yet, a combination of three Falcon 9 rockets that gives the combined muscle of 27 Merlin rocket engines.

However, with its more powerful rockets, Falcon Heavy is expected to be a first step to future missions to the Moon and even Mars. The good news for Elon Musk is, the FAA chose to approve the payload, which consists of Musk's 2008 midnight cherry red Tesla Roadster with a "Starman" dummy at the wheel. Rather the second stage of the Heavy is to fire three times to send the vehicle on an elliptical orbit around the sun that extends as far out as Mars, and that auto could remain in orbit for hundreds of millions of years.

A look at the three core boosters that make up Falcon Heavy. But the debut is more about the rocket than the payload.

SpaceX, the company founded by Musk in 2002, will launch the rocket today with the intention of getting it into Mars's orbit.

The highly anticipated launch on Tuesday will be broadcast on SpaceX's YouTube channel.

If the launch is successful, the Falcon Heavy rocket could be used for future manned missions to the moon or even Mars.

Its first uncrewed test flight is scheduled for Tuesday between 1:30 pm and 4 pm ET at Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

The Independent reported that weather was the most common problem when it comes to rocket launches, however weather conditions are now looking good, with forecasts giving an 80 percent chance that all will go well.

Unlike most rockets out there, the Falcon Heavy receives no government funding. It has double the capacity of its closest competitor, United Launch Alliance's Delta IV Heavy. That means it has enough thrust to launch payloads heavier than a vehicle into space - and could therefore be used for future manned missions to the moon or even Mars. Musk has over and again cautioned that there's a decent possibility Falcon Heavy could blast into blazes before it achieves its goal. It's built by the industry disrupting rocket company started by billionaire Elon Musk.

One of the most novel features of the Falcon Heavy is that its two side boosters are created to detach from the rocket and fly themselves back down to the ground to be reused during future flights.

In terms of SpaceX's core business, it's less important than when the company first announced it seven years ago because of improvements the company made to the Falcon 9.

'It's guaranteed to be exciting, one way or another, ' he said on Monday. They have previously flown on Falcon 9 launches. He reiterated warnings about the potential failure of the mission, and added that his biggest worry is about how the three rocket boosters will behave next to each other.