SpaceX launches Falcon Heavy rocket into space

SpaceX Falco Heavy launch live stream

SpaceX Falco Heavy launch live stream

But for now, riding on the Falcon Heavy's second stage is a dummy in a space suit - called Starman.

The Falcon Heavy consists of a Falcon 9 rocket core with two additional strap-on boosters. The Falcon Heavy can carry roughly 63,500 kilograms (140,000 pounds) of cargo into orbit, i.e., more than double the amount of any other rocket today.

If this was the first thing aliens found, at least they would know we have great taste in cars and music. SpaceX's webcast showed Musk's Tesla roadster soaring into space, as David Bowie's "Space Oddity" played in the background - with the words "DON'T PANIC" visible on the dashboard, in an apparent nod to the sci-fi series the "Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy". According to the company, the rocket has the ability to launch 140,660 pounds (63,800 kg), the equivalent of a loaded Boeing 737 airplane, into "low Earth orbit".

Despite production struggles, Tesla reiterated its cosmic ambitions to launch the next-gen Roadster in 2020, touting it as the "fastest auto in the world", which will put to rest "any debate about the limitations of electric vehicles". As head of the electric carmaker Tesla, Musk combined his passions to add a dramatic flair to the Heavy's long-awaited inaugural flight.

SpaceX CEO Elon Musk has unveiled the final photo of his Tesla Roadster and its Starman mannequin leaving Earth in the rear-view mirror after launching on the first Falcon Heavy rocket Tuesday (Feb. 6), and the view is spectacular.


Former NASA astronaut Mike Massimino, now a professor at Columbia University's engineering school and he was shocked about the idea of a auto traveling in space.

With Tuesday's successful liftoff, boasting the most powerful rocket currently in use, SpaceX is now in the position to sell Falcon Heavy launches for about $90 million per flight, Time Magazine reported. Ultimately, one of the goals of SpaceX is to colonize the planet of Mars. The Delta IV Heavy has been flown by United Launch Alliance since 2002.

The good news is that the Martians are probably less at risk of having an innovative Earthling's fancy four-wheeler landing on their heads, as it appears the Roadster's orbit will be further than Mars than planned. It overshot its planned sun-centered orbit which would have somewhat mimicked that of Mars and will instead fly almost as far as Ceres.

On the eve of the flight, Musk said the company had done all it could to maximize success. Now, SpaceX has received the green light from the federal government to finally send the largest rocket in history into space and the community is simply abuzz with anticipation. The rocket will have a giant, 12-meter fuel tank and new engines that are more powerful than those of its predecessor.

According to enthusiasts at space.stackexchange forum, the sports auto would have reached Mars in October this year.

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