2-6-18 4:09 PM EST | Email Article
By Andy Pasztor 

Space Exploration Technologies Corp. successfully launched the Falcon Heavy rocket Tuesday on its initial test flight, marking another coup for founder Elon Musk.

The blastoff from Florida's Kennedy Space Center attracted throngs of spectators and was closely followed by the global aerospace industry. It capped multiple design changes, years of delays and a roughly $1 billion investment by SpaceX, as the company is commonly called.

The closely held Southern California company defied industry critics by flying the world's most powerful rocket -- carrying a Tesla roadster as a dummy payload and publicity stunt -- since U.S. astronauts landed on the Moon almost five decades ago.

The 230-foot rocket featured 27 engines with the combined thrust of some 18 Boeing Co. 747 jumbo jets.

Write to Andy Pasztor at andy.pasztor@wsj.com

 

(END) Dow Jones Newswires

February 06, 2018 16:09 ET (21:09 GMT)

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