Thursday, 13 December, 2018

Watch as SpaceX attempts to launch its first Falcon Heavy rocket

Falcon Heavy's side boosters landing side-by-side Falcon Heavy’s side boosters landing side-by-side
Sherri Watson | 07 February, 2018, 09:28

Musk said that was "boring", so he put a Tesla roadster in the cone of the rocket.

Because this is the maiden flight of the rocket, Musk has chose to risk his old cherry-red Tesla roadster as the payload.

Falcon Heavy's first stage is composed of three Falcon 9 nine-engine cores whose 27 Merlin engines together generate more than 5 million pounds of thrust at liftoff, equal to approximately eighteen 747 aircraft.

In a press conference following the home-run Falcon Heavy launch today in Florida, Musk said he couldn't help seeing the countless things that could have possibly gone wrong.

Falcon Heavy test flight profile
Falcon Heavy test flight profile

Thanks to recent innovations, the Falcon Heavy is the most powerful operational rocket in the world, capable of lifting more than twice the payload as the second-largest rocket at a third of the cost, according to SpaceX.

Falcon Heavy's two side boosters, each with nine rocket engines, land side by side at Cape Canaveral after a successful launch on February 6, 2018. Musk cautioned, "This is a test mission".

A space-suited mannequin was strapped in the driver's seat, and the radio set to play David Bowie's classic hit Space Oddity on a loop. A functional Falcon Heavy will be used to launch heavy payloads, like spy satellites and space probes, into space. If it doesn't explode into tiny pieces, it will carry Starman in Roadster over 400 million km from Earth at 11 km/sec on a billion year journey through space.

The broadcast took place live on the SpaceX website, beginning at 3:45 pm EST. That vehicle with a mannequin dressed as an astronaut will be put into an elliptical orbit around the Sun and as far out as the orbit of Mars. Earlier this week, Elon Musk provided details of the Falcon Heavy mission in a conference call and emphasized the risks at every stage of the flight.