This past Tuesday SpaceX launched its Falcon Heavy rocket for the first time in history. The current launch date was announced back in January of 2018. The first launch got pushed over and over and everyone was happy that the new launch date for February 6th, 2018 was able to be kept. Only the launch time got pushed because of shear winds on the upper stage. The original launch time was set for 1:30 p.m. EST but got pushed to 3:45 p.m. just 15 minutes before the launch window for this day would close.
I watched the launch from the VIP Rocket Launch Viewing Area of the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. Unfortunately, it was not as close as for the Falcon 9 CRS13 launch end of December 2017 but I was still able to get to see, feel and hear the rocket taking off. The advantage of this location was, that we were closer to the SpaceX’s Landing Zone 1, where the 2 booster rockets landed almost simultaneously a few minutes after the launch. The rocket took off from the historic Launch Pad 39A at NASA Kennedy Space Center. The same launchpad was used to launch the Saturn V rockets which took us to the moon as well as numerous Space Shuttle launches. With the successful launch of the Falcon Heavy, the rocket made history as the most powerful operational rocket. Just the Saturn V was more powerful.