January 15th is the current proposed launch date for the Falcon Heavy!
Sweet baby jesus let that date stick!
The FH has been raised at the launch pad for a static firing of the engines (not been done yet) and then the full launch on Jan 15th (tentative). It’s been hampered by a string of delays as it was originally meant to be launched in 2017, so the date will more than likely slip.
In regards to the red roadster…
A Red Car for the Red Planet Test flights of new rockets usually contain mass simulators in the form of concrete or steel blocks. That seemed extremely boring. Of course, anything boring is terrible, especially companies, so we decided to send something unusual, something that made us feel. The payload will be an original Tesla Roadster, playing Space Oddity, on a billion year elliptic Mars orbit.
Here’s the FH at the launch pad. 27 Merlin engines, with 5 Million pounds of thrust (hurhur), equivalent to 18 747 aircraft.