Falcon Heavy test fire
Falcon Heavy test fire on the launchpad. Courtesy SpaceX

Hawthorne-based SpaceX successfully test fired its first Falcon Heavy — the world’s most powerful rocket.

The rocket’s 27 engines roared to life for about 10 seconds on the launch pad at Cape Canaveral at 9:30 a.m. Pacific Time.

SpaceX founder Elon Musk later tweeted, “Falcon Heavy hold-down firing this morning was good. Generated quite a thunderhead of steam. Launching in a week or so.”

The first flight will loft a test payload — Musk’s own Tesla roadster — into orbit around the sun.

SpaceX already has a contract to use the giant rocket to fly two unidentified individuals around the moon next year.

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