Tech & Science Musk Sends a Tesla Into Space Atop World's Most Powerful Rocket

10:51  07 february  2018
10:51  07 february  2018 Source:   Bloomberg

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' Space Oddity'. Tesla Roadster to a Mars heliocentric orbit atop the most powerful rocket in the world , Musk decided that this world was missing something: More flamethrowers.

A SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket lifts off from historic launch pad 39-A at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida, U.S., February 6, 2018. REUTERS/Thom Baur TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY© Reuters A SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket lifts off from historic launch pad 39-A at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida, U.S., February 6, 2018. REUTERS/Thom Baur TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY (Bloomberg) -- An elated Elon Musk pulled off another seemingly impossible feat Tuesday when SpaceX launched the world’s most powerful rocket in 45 years, then flew two of its spent boosters back to the Florida coast for a spectacular, simultaneous recovery on land.

With hordes of fans gathered along the Florida space coast, the new rocket rumbled aloft under clear skies shortly after 3:45 p.m. local time. The live-stream of the Falcon Heavy Test Flight was the second-most-watched in YouTube’s history, reaching more than 2.3 million concurrent views, and the launch led all three television network broadcasts in the U.S. Tuesday evening.

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Payload will be 22 Dec 2017 Weeks after announcing that he plans to send an original Tesla Roadster to space atop a Falcon Heavy rocket , Elon Musk has released photos of the car being prepped for launch at SpaceX headquarters. com

Touted as the " world ' s most powerful rocket ," the Falcon Heavy is designed to one day carry crew and supplies to deep 3 days ago The tech billionaire has said the rocket will carry a red Tesla Roadster into space , eventually to a Mars orbit

Falcon Heavy cleared the launch pad without blowing up -- a feat Musk had said would be enough to deem the mission a win -- and continued on to deliver Musk’s cherry red Tesla Roadster with a space-suit wearing mannequin at the wheel toward an Earth-Mars elliptical orbit around the sun.

"It seems surreal to me," said Musk, 46, during a post-launch press conference. "Crazy things can come true."

Falcon Heavy, with three boosters and 27 Merlin engines, makes SpaceX a competitor to United Launch Alliance’s Delta IV Heavy, a workhorse for large U.S. military payloads. Its 5 million pounds of thrust are the most since the Saturn V used for Apollo moon missions in the late 1960s and early 1970s.

“A private company just outperformed every government on earth,” said Greg Autry, a professor at the University of Southern California and a former NASA White House liaison. “This is bigger than anything Russia or China is doing. No one else is even close.”

Elon Musk's SpaceX just launched the most powerful rocket on Earth today

  Elon Musk's SpaceX just launched the most powerful rocket on Earth today SpaceX has launched Falcon Heavy, the most powerful rocket the company has ever built. SpaceX's Falcon Heavy rocket, currently the most powerful launch system on Earth, roared into the sky on Tuesday afternoon atop a pillar of smoke.

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The SpaceX Falcon Heavy launch on Feb. 6.

Elon Musk's SpaceX just launched the most powerful rocket on Earth today

  Elon Musk's SpaceX just launched the most powerful rocket on Earth today SpaceX has launched Falcon Heavy, the most powerful rocket the company has ever built. SpaceX's Falcon Heavy rocket, currently the most powerful launch system on Earth, roared into the sky on Tuesday afternoon atop a pillar of smoke.

cherry red Tesla car was launched into space on Tuesday by tech entrepreneur Elon Musk , with David Bowie’s song Life on Mars playing on repeat. However, his fears were not realised with the world ’ s most powerful rocket successfully taking off from the Kennedy Space Center at 3.45pm local time

The world ' s most powerful rocket , SpaceX's Falcon Heavy, blasted off Tuesday on its highly anticipated maiden test flight, carrying CEO Elon Musk 's cherry red Tesla roadster to an orbit near Mars.

The strides Musk has made rendering Falcon 9 launches more routine -- SpaceX pulled off a record 18 launches last year-- has helped make it one of the word’s most richly valued private companies.

Following the launch, SpaceX accomplished a feat never before seen in space history, re-landing two rocket cores back on earth. Two touched down on land in tandem; the third center core that was slated to settle on an unmanned drone ship ran out of propellant needed to slow down the descent and slammed into the ocean instead.

Falcon Heavy side cores have landing at SpaceX’s Landing Zones 1 and 2.

"The center core didn’t land on the drone ship," said Musk, who said early reports are that the rocket booster "hit the water at 300 miles per hour and sprayed the drone ship with shrapnel."

Hawthorne, California-based SpaceX already has paying customers committed to flying with Falcon Heavy, including commercial satellite operators Arabsat, Inmarsat and Viasat, according to its launch manifest. The U.S. Air Force also chose Falcon Heavy for its STP-2, or Space Test Program 2, mission, though the vehicle still needs to go through certification.

David Bowie's sales rocket after Elon Musk's space launch

  David Bowie's sales rocket after Elon Musk's space launch Sales of David Bowie's space themed songs have rocketed after Elon Musk successfully launched his new spacecraft on Tuesday (06Feb18). Elon's new Falcon Heavy rocket, the latest mission backed by his company SpaceX, carried a Tesla Roadster vehicle complete with a crash test dummy named 'Starman' sat in the driver's seat with the message 'Don't Panic' displayed on the dashboard. It took off from the Kennedy Space Center at Cape Canaveral, in Florida, and is in an orbit that will take it past Mars and towards the asteroid belt.

Described by Musk as "the most powerful rocket in the world by a factor of two," the Falcon Heavy will take off today, with launch time from the Kennedy Space Centre in Florida scheduled for 6.30pm. Following in the tradition of strange payloads carried by SpaceX

The world ' s most powerful operational rocket launched without hassle watched by millions of fans from all over the globe. The massively powerful rocket will be a key player in Elon Musk 's plan to send humans to Mars.

Musk outfitted his Roadster with cameras to capture views of the car as it floated through space, but the batteries are only expected to last for roughly 12 hours. Behind the wheel was “Starman,” clad in the same space suit that astronauts will wear during SpaceX’s Crew Dragon flights to the International Space Station. Musk said that Crew Dragon is now the company’s top priority, with the first demo flights slated for later this year.

A nearly indestructible disk carrying a digital copy of Isaac Asimov’s science fiction book series, Foundation, is also on board, along with a plaque engraved with the names of SpaceX’s 6,000 employees.

The successful test flight means that SpaceX can move forward with Falcon Heavy missions for paying customers, with the first to take place within three to six months.

Musk founded SpaceX in 2002 and has led the company since the beginning. Falcon Heavy was developed without any government funding, and took far longer than originally planned.

"We tried to cancel the Falcon Heavy program three times because it was way harder than we thought," said Musk. "Our total investment is over half a billion."

(Updates with Musk quotes from post-launch press conference.)

--With assistance from Mark Bergen and Julie Johnsson

To contact the reporter on this story: Dana Hull in San Francisco at dhull12@bloomberg.net.

To contact the editors responsible for this story: Craig Trudell at ctrudell1@bloomberg.net, Anne Riley Moffat

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Comment: Elon Musk's Tesla Roadster will eventually crash in space -- and scientists think they know where and by when .
SpaceX, founded by Elon Musk, recently launched the world's largest operational rocket on February 6. Falcon Heavy's launch sent Musk's personal 2008 red Tesla Roadster on a voyage toward Mars orbit with a "Starman" dummy in the driver's seat.On February 6, SpaceX launched the world's most powerful operational rocket, called Falcon Heavy, for the first time.

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