SpaceX successfully launches world's most powerful rocket

Angelica Greene
February 7, 2018

However, the most interesting thing about this launch is that the payload is none other than Musk's cherry red Roadster from Tesla! An animation of the launch shows the ruby red sports auto with its convertible top down, and a spacesuit-wearing mannequin in the driver's seat as the vehicle flies toward Mars. Nicknamed Starman, the dummy will listen to some tunes on its long and endless journey: David Bowie's Space Oddity.

After launching the payload into space, the two side boosters will land simultaneously back to the Kennedy Space Center while the core booster will land on SpaceX's "Of Course I Still Love You" droneship in the Atlantic.

So far, SpaceX has safely recaptured first-stage boosters after 21 of its 40-plus Falcon 9 launches. Though the Roadster is headed out toward Mars, its trajectory is such that it has no chance of colliding with the Red Planet.

Here's an animation of what we hope to see today!

SpaceX has shaken up the rocket industry by becoming the first company to successfully reuse rocket boosters in order bring down the cost of space flight.

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If the demonstration flight goes well, Musk said SpaceX would plan to fly its first mission for a paying satellite operator in three to six months. After delaying the launch five times, the megarocket finally blasted-off at 3:45 p.m. ET. "It would be a really huge downer if it blows up". "I would consider it a win if it just clears the pad".

At liftoff Falcon Heavy will create a combined 5 million pounds of thrust - or the equivalent of about 18 Boeing 747 aircraft at takeoff. Much was at stake.

SpaceX is getting ready to launch its Falcon Heavy rocket. And from those cameras, we will hopefully get those "epic views" Musk mentioned.

The rocket will use three nine-engine boosters to launch itself out of Earth's gravity. "Any kind of failure that SpaceX has as it gets closer to human launch starts to be a worry", she said. As Musk announced last summer, SpaceX is moving forward with building a massive multi-purpose spacecraft it calls BFR that will essentially make its current fleet redundant, including the Falcon Heavy. The U.S. Air Force also chose Falcon Heavy for its STP-2, or Space Test Program 2, mission, though it still needs to go through certification.

"The only launch vehicle that has ever been more powerful is the Saturn V which launched the Apollo missions to the Moon".

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