Falcon Heavy: SpaceX successfully launches world’s most powerful rocket

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-02-07/spacex-rocket-takes-sports-car-into-space/9403618

SpaceX’s big new rocket blasted off on its first test flight, carrying a red sports car aiming for an endless road trip past Mars.

The Falcon Heavy rose from the same launch pad used by NASA nearly 50 years ago to send men to the moon.

With lift-off, the Heavy became the most powerful rocket in use today, doubling the lift-off punch of its closest competitor.

The three boosters and 27 engines roared to life at Kennedy Space Centre, as thousands jammed surrounding beaches, bridges and roads to watch the rocket soar, delayed more than two hours by high wind.

Two of the boosters were recycled and programmed to return for a simultaneous touchdown at Cape Canaveral, while the third, brand new, set its sights on an ocean platform almost 500km offshore.

SpaceX chief executive Elon Musk owns the rocketing Tesla Roadster, which is shooting for a solar orbit that will reach all the way to Mars.

As head of the electric carmaker Tesla, he combined his passions to add a dramatic flair to the Heavy’s long-awaited inaugural flight.

On the eve of the flight, Mr Musk said the company had done all it could to maximise success and he was at peace with whatever happened: success, “one big boom” or some other calamity.

The longer the flight, he noted, the more the company would learn from the heavily instrumented rocket.

Mr Musk has had plenty of experience with rocket accidents, from his original Falcon 1 test flights to his follow-up Falcon 9s, one of which exploded on a nearby pad during a 2016 ignition test.

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must be super important..he sent a car up there..how helpful!

“With lift-off, the Heavy became the most powerful rocket in use today, doubling the lift-off punch of its closest competitor.”

mars is next.. *sarcasm

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~ by seeker401 on February 8, 2018.

9 Responses to “Falcon Heavy: SpaceX successfully launches world’s most powerful rocket”

  1. ‘On the eve of the flight, Mr Musk said the company had done all it could to maximise success and he was at peace with whatever happened: success, “one big boom” or some other calamity.

    One Big Boom eh? hmmm

    I was hoping the car was for a Soros or Rothschild and they were finally leaving the planet. 🙂

  2. Tesla reports skyrocketing losses as Musk shares ‘last pic’ of his roadster en route to Mars

    https://www.rt.com/business/418173-tesla-reports-record-loss/

  3. Can we get a nice picture of the beautiful round earth… oh, nevermind, I’m sure you can’t afford a gopro camera after all the money spent on the rocket and all. LOL

  4. https://www.quora.com/Will-the-roadster-Elon-Musk-just-sent-to-Earth-orbit-with-the-Falcon-Heavy-be-left-in-orbit-If-yes-do-we-expect-it-to-re-enter-the-atmosphere-on-its-own/answer/Robert-Walker-5?__nsrc__=4&__snid3__=1981825751

    • “apparently they had to prove that their final stage could withstand spending a long time in the Van Allen belts. That’s why they deliberately kept it going through the Van Allen belts over and over for five hours before sending the payload into it”
      I thought they solved that decades ago 🙂

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