Sunday, 10 December, 2017

Elon Musk said when they will launch super-heavy rockets

Falcon Heavy launch An artist’s conception shows the launch of SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy rocket
Theresa Hayes | 02 December, 2017, 20:49

The journey to Mars for the Tesla will likely be a long one too, with the auto likely being put into a very eccentric orbit, as a January liftoff is not preferred for any mission to Mars (April 2018 is the next optimal transfer window) and the Falcon Heavy does not have a third stage rocket.

"Will have double thrust of next largest rocket", he said. "Will be in deep space for a billion years or so if it doesn't blow up on the ascent".

The rocket cores, having all been individually fired and tested in Texas, are now currently sitting in a hangar next to pad 39A at the Kennedy Space Center, and is expected to be rolled onto the launch pad later this month for a static test fire, where the rocket basically undergoes a practice countdown, with the engines firing briefly same as at liftoff, except the rocket never actually flies.

The first Falcon Heavy's "payload will be my midnight cherry Tesla Roadster playing Space Oddity", Musk wrote on Twitter, referencing the famous David Bowie song. SpaceX and Tesla have a long track record of missing the CEO's ambitious deadlines. On the last day of November, SpaceX announced that it had to push the launch back yet again to next year. "Destination is Mars orbit".

That project will require an even larger rocket, though. Musk first tweeted out the idea on Friday evening, but has since separately confirmed his plans with The Verge. It's unclear if the company will attempt to recover the boosters of this maiden rocket.

He wants to land at least two of the spacecraft on Mars in 2022 carrying equipment - and then ones transporting people in 2024. This is not the first time SpaceX has put something odd into launch payload: in 2010, the company's first Dragon capsule was launched with a wheel of cheese on board after weeks of rumours about a "secret payload". The company says it will be able to take into orbit more than twice the payload - 119,000 pounds - of its closest rival at a third of the cost.

Traditionally, rockets have been used just once, and are left to burn up in the atmosphere after a mission.

Previously, Musk said that the first rocket launch with the big share of probability can fail.