CAPE CANAVERAL—A SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket blasted off from Kennedy Space Center’s Launch Complex 39 on Feb. 6 for its long-awaited first test flight to validate the design of the triple-core first stage, side booster separations and an extended, six-hour coast of the second stage through the Van Allen radiation belts to deposit a simulated payload—Elon Musk’s sports car—into a heliocentric ...

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