The Falcon Heavy promised to be most important launch vehicle since the Saturn V. Unlike Apollo it was devloped by a private company - SpaceX - who has Elon musk as its chief designer.
The only vehicle capable of exceeding Falcon Heavy is NASA's Space Launch System - still at least 12 months from flying.
The Falcon Heavy launch vehicle stands which stands 70 metres tall is touted to be capable of launching a payload of 60 tonnes into low-earth orbit (LEO). It was launched from Cape Canaverals' historic Pad 39A on the afternoon of February 6, 2018.
Its first test payload was an electric car - a red convertible Tesla roadster - a sports car made by Musk's other interest - Telsa motors. The car was carrying a mannequin in a space suit dubbed “Starman”, after the David Bowie song.
The simple test was to put the car in a large heliocentric orbit - the equivalent to a journey to Mars, and in part a telling of the vehicles capabilities. This manoeuvre required the vehicles' 2nd stage to do a restart after the vehicle was placed into an earth orbit for several hours. Several burns were completed but recent tracking indicates the payload (the red roadster) is probably going to reach the asteroid belt - much further than Mars.
The vehicle's side boosters were recovered as they successfully landed near the launch site. The centre stage unfortunately crashed into the sea after it missed the landing barge in the Atlantic ocean - but this was not a critical part of the test.
This wonderful achievement now puts SpaceX in a position to bid for interplanetary payloads for both government and private contracts.
Currently SpaceX is valuing its Falcon Heavy launches as cheap as $90 million - which is quite a good price for such ventures.
The next launch of Falcon Heavy is expected to happen within the next 3 to 6 months.