Anybody else excited for the SpaceX Falcon Heavy test launch today? For those unfamiliar, Falcon Heavy is the most powerful operational rocket in the world, and is capable of carrying the second most payload into orbit, second only to the legendary Saturn V. It's first stage rockets give it 5.1 million lbf of thrust, which falls a little short of Saturn V's 7.89 million lbf. But, given that Falcon Heavy only weighs 3.1 million pounds, to Saturn V's 6.5 million, I think it's safe to say that this thing has some 'get up and go' to it. Still, it's biggest achievement is probably that it will boast a cost-per-launch of only about 7% of Saturn V's cost-per-launch, $90 million versus $1.2 billion (adjusted for inflation). Really though, it's just exciting to me that this is a rocket powerful enough to send people & payload into an orbit of the same distance as Mars. Of course this is privately owned, so it is available to any country, which is all-the-better as it will surely be a global effort when we eventually make it to Mars, rather than the "space race" of old... and the payload for this test flight to a Mars-like orbit? Elon Musk's personal red Tesla roadster. Musk should toss a Speedmaster in the glove box, just for old time's sake... The launch, which hopefully goes smoothly, can be watched live at http://www.spacex.com/. I believe the target launch is 1:30pm EST. Here's to hoping its a successful one.