Elon Musk sets low bar for SpaceX Falcon Heavy launch, seeing no blowup as win

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By: Bloomberg |
Published: February 6, 2018 9:27 pm


The new rocket, which is expected to take off as early as 1:30 pm local time on Tuesday, is a reusable ‘super heavy’ launch vehicle that will allow the closely held company to bid on heavier commercial and government payloads. (Image Source: Bloomberg)

The maiden flight of Space Exploration Technologies Corp’s larger and more powerful Falcon Heavy rocket will be a success if it doesn’t blow up on the launch pad, according to Chief Executive Officer Elon Musk. “This is a test mission, so we don’t want to set expectations of perfection,” Musk said on a call with reporters Monday ahead of the planned demonstration flight from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. “I would consider it a win if it just clears the pad.”

The new rocket, which is expected to take off as early as 1:30…

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