SpaceX targeting late January for Falcon Heavy debut

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The launch window will now open at 8 p.m. Musk said in an Instagram post that, at 2,500 tons of thrust, the rocket is equivalent to 18 Boeing 747 aircraft at full throttle. Musk also says that the Falcon Heavy will be "the most powerful rocket in the world by a factor of two". SpaceX later released photos of the auto being encapsulated in the rocket's payload fairing. SpaceX had originally planned for this launch in November of past year.

The rocket will carry the mysterious Zuma payload, which was supposed to be launched back in November.

Storm Eleanor on the way
No flood alerts have been issued, and the Environment Agency thinks the risk to West Sussex is low for the week ahead. The first storm of 2018 is due to make landfall this afternoon with Eleanor bringing winds of up to 130km/h.

SpaceX also announced on Twitter that it is now targeting the Zuma launch for 7 January from launch pad 40 in Florida. The decision was made with an eye on the extreme cold weather and storm Grayson affecting the East Coast, and the company said the weather slowed down its operations too.

The long-delayed inaugural launch of the Falcon Heavy - the company said in April 2011 that the vehicle would be ready for a first launch in 2013 - is a demonstration mission without a paying customer.

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NY mayor Bill de Blasio described the incident as "the worst fire tragedy we have seen in this city in a quarter century". Dozens of fire trucks were at the scene as thick smoke poured out of the building and flames were through the roof.

Despite Musk's enthusiasm Thursday, he has previously expressed some concerns.

Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex offers the closest public viewing of launches with the purchase of a launch viewing/transportation ticket. "Excitement on launch day guaranteed, one way or another", he wrote. Falcon Heavy draws upon the proven heritage and reliability of Falcon 9.

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President Donald Trump who vowed to destroy North Korea if threatened, even as U.S. diplomats pushed for a diplomatic solution. This week's exchanges follow a year dominated by fiery threats form Kim and U.S.

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