SpaceX pushes forward with Mars rocket system

Courtesy of Matt Lief Anderson  HBO

Courtesy of Matt Lief Anderson HBO

The head of SpaceX, Elon Musk, has released a new video of the launch of Falcon Heavy, which propelled a Tesla Roadster electric vehicle into space in early February.

"There are a lot of bad things happening all over the world, all of the time", Musk said, referring to the launch of Falcon Heavy. For starters, the Falcon Heavy is the most powerful operational rocket on the planet, with SpaceX noting that it has "more than 5 million pounds of thrust at liftoff, equal to approximately eighteen 747 aircraft at full power". And while rocket launches in and of themselves are nothing new, what SpaceX did with the Falcon Heavy is truly something to marvel at. It also shows the deployment of the Heavy's payload, Musk's Tesla Roadster and its spacesuited mannequin driver, as they start their long journey through the solar system. Nonetheless, Falcon Heavy can lift cargo by 2 times heavier than Delta IV. The company's Falcon Heavy rocket, which enjoyed a historic inaugural launch last month, was promised a 2013 debut. On the other hand, the main booster, which was set to land on a barge in the middle of the ocean, closely missed its landing site and plunged into the water. "I can tell you what I know currently is the case is that we are building the first ship, the first Mars interplanetary ship right now", Musk told a crowd during a surprise appearance at the SXSW festival in Austin, Texas, on Sunday.

The Musk's Tesla will fly in space at a maximum speed of 7 miles per second and will get at 250 miles away from the Earth.

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