Tuesday, 02 March, 2021


SpaceX makes history by launching Falcon Heavy rocket carrying Roadster

Enlarge  The Falcon Heavy rocket proved that 27 engines can fly together and not go all Enlarge The Falcon Heavy rocket proved that 27 engines can fly together and not go all
Kristine Garrett | 11 February, 2018, 19:00

And in a touch of whimsy, the rocket's mock payload was a cherry red Tesla from Musk's own electric vehicle company which could end up in perpetual Earth orbit. That occurred seemingly without a hitch. The centre booster was expected for a return landing on a drone ship floating at sea, but its fate was not immediately known. The upper booster and payload will spend about five hours "cruising" in the Van Allen belts surrounding Earth. SpaceX says it want to send missions to Mars in the coming years.

The successful lift-off was a key turning point for Musk's privately owned Space Exploration Technologies, which stands to gain a new edge over the handful of rivals vying for lucrative contracts with Nasa, satellite companies and the U.S. military.

It can carry twice the payload of United Launch Alliance's Delta IV Heavy, at a far lower cost - about Dollars 90 million per launch compared to $350 million for its competitor.

The Falcon Heavy rocket is dubbed as the world's most powerful booster since NASA's Saturn V. Falcon Heavy lifted off from Launch Pad 39A at Kennedy Space Center (KSC), the same site used by NASA's Apollo moon missions and space shuttles, at 3:45 p.m. EST yesterday, as reported by The Verge.

As we have talked about it earlier that Falcon Heavy is built by combining three Falcon 9 rockets together.

The world's first space sports vehicle is cruising toward the asteroid belt, well beyond Mars.

Billionaire Musk, who also owns Tesla, showed his eccentric side in the choice of cargo - his cherry red Tesla Roadster, which had a mannequin in a space suit placed in the driver's seat. The original plan had the vehicle travelling no farther than Mars. Musk doesn't plan to fly people on the Heavy, but is working on an even bigger rocket for deep-space crews.

Whether the vehicle makes it onto its planned trajectory will not be known before late on Tuesday, SpaceX said. "If the test flight works, I think we'd be ready to put satellites on the next mission". "Incredibly proud of the SpaceX team, they've done an incredible job of creating well really the most advanced rocket in the world, the biggest rocket in the world", he said.

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