(Replay!) - Did Elon's Falcon Heavy complete all its goals?
UPDATE: The Mission was quite the success. Take-off was easy, the first two missiles safely landed back in Miami. Orbiting the Rocket, with the Tesla on top, seemed to go pretty smoothly, and we could watch spaceman float around live for almost 5 hours. Unfortunately the 3rd rocket hit the drone-ship with 300 mph, so that was lost.
The main point, to prove that spaceflight is feasible at a relatively low cost, has been proven once more. And now there are plans to retrieve even more parts for reuse. Congrats Elon. Just sell Tesla, and focus on SpaceX is my humble advice.
See the video for a reply of this great achievement.
The Falcon Heavy (named after the Millennium Falcon) is the most powerful operational rocket in the world, given that it actually takes off later today at Kennedy Space Centre.
Thrust in the first stage comes from three Falcon-9 engine cores, comprising a total of 27 Merlin engines, that together generate the same thrust as 18 Boeing 747's. Part of the plan, and why SpaceX is awesome, and offers great value, is that all these three boosters should return to their landing sites for future reuse, the central core on a ship located in the Atlantic Ocean, no less!
In a call with the press, Elon Musk talked about some of the details of the mission: If the launch goes well, the rocket will coast for 6 hours in an orbit around Earth, a part of the mission that is designed to show that Falcon Heavy can be used for national security missions.
Then it will leave Earth's orbit, and set course for Mars. Payload is a Tesla Roadster, that will be placed in an orbit around Mars, which is just silly, to put it politely.
There's plenty of things that can go wrong; It could blow up, crossing the Van Allen Belts (radiation) can damage the rocket, and the low temperatures can cause the fuel to freeze or the oxygen to vaporize.
Catch the live stream of the launch if you can !
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