Image: Nicholas Kamm / Getty Images

SpaceX is aiming to launch Falcon Heavy, the world's most powerful operational rocket, on Feb. 6, CEO Elon Musk tweeted Saturday. Tickets for the Kennedy Space Center viewing party have already sold out at $195 a pop, Bloomberg reports, with the $90 million behemoth finally expected to reach orbit after five years of delays.

Why it matters: A successful launch will help open the doors to commercial spaceflight. Compared to its competitors, Falcon Heavy has twice the payload capacity at just a quarter of the cost, thanks in part to its reusability.

1 fun thing: The maiden flight will be carrying Musk's personal Tesla Roadster, which will play David Bowie's "Space Oddity" on repeat as it hurtles toward Mars.

Go deeper

Florida fully lifts coronavirus restrictions on restaurants

Photo: Don Juan Moore/Getty Images

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) announced Friday the state will completely reopen its economy, allowing restaurants at operate full capacity and barring localities from ordering businesses to close.

Why it matters: The state became one of the world's epicenters for the virus in July, forcing DeSantis to pause its first round of reopening.

2 hours ago - Economy & Business

Eyeing the end of gas-powered cars

Illustration: Eniola Odetunde/Axios

Gasoline-powered cars may be going the way of the woolly mammoth, even if it will take decades to replace them and seems hard to fathom today.

The big picture: Internal combustion engines (ICEs) have powered automobiles for more than 100 years. But the shift to electric vehicles, slow to materialize at first, is now accelerating due to tightening government policies, falling costs and a societal reckoning about climate change.

Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam tests positive for coronavirus

Photo: Zach Gibson/Getty Images

Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam (D) and his wife, Pamela, both tested positive for coronavirus, his office announced on Friday.

The state of play: The Northams were tested after one of their staff "who works closely within the couple's living quarters" tested positive. The governor is asymptomatic, while his wife is "experiencing mild symptoms." They plan to isolate at home for 10 days.

Get Axios AM in your inbox

Catch up on coronavirus stories and special reports, curated by Mike Allen everyday

Please enter a valid email.

Subscription failed
Thank you for subscribing!