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One of them is a time-lapse video that shows the Falcon Heavy going vertical at the 39A launchpad, the very same launchpad at Nasa's Kennedy Space Center that saw the historic launch of the Apollo 11 moon rocket. It will take off from the same pad used by the Saturn V rocket, with its first launch to take place sometime this month.

"Test flights of new rockets usually contain mass simulators in the form of concrete or steel blocks", Elon Musk wrote in Instagram just before Christmas. Since the first Falcon Heavy will soon be in space or in pieces, the company has done a neat little drone flyby to commemorate the first launch attempt. SpaceX also announced plans to fly a Crew Dragon spacecraft, carrying two people, on a circumlunar mission in late 2018 using a Falcon Heavy, but the company has provided no updates on the status of that effort since announcing it in February 2017.

Earlier this week Musk revealed pictures of a the rocket's payload - carrying a cherry red Tesla roadster. Users will be able to watch the mysterious launch via a livestream being managed by SpaceX. "Launch end of the month".

The Falcon Heavy has been raised on its Cape Canaveral launchpad for the first time ahead of engine tests expected within days.

Musk has been a little vague about the rocket's destination, perhaps intentionally.

Musk announced back in December that the rocket will carry his sports auto Tesla Roadster and will orbit past Mars. Will be in deep space for a billion years or so if it doesn't blow up on ascent. This orbit will cross the orbit of Mars, so the vehicle will get close to the red planet without remaining in orbit.

The mission marks SpaceX's most ambitious project to date.

The vast rocket, which is ultimately three Falcon 9 rockets linked together, will have the combined thrust to eventually launch 140,000 pounds (63,500kg) of cargo into orbit. Inside that cone-shaped faring rests Elon Musk's personal Tesla Roadster. Whatever does happen, the Falcon Heavy launch is sure to make for a thrilling spectacle.

The launch was arranged by Northrop Grumman, who has revealed little details on its objective, according to Space.com.