The SpaceX launch team couldn’t of asked for a better day to make history in Florida. Calm winds, sunny skies and no clouds 👌
Thousands of Florida families ditched the classroom and cubicle today to head to the beach. No it wasn’t for the sunny skies, perfect weather or crystal clear waters, but to witness history in the making .
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What is the Falcon Heavy?
Thousands of people gathered in Florida to watch the launch. This was the culmination of a plan five years in the making for the SpaceX CEO Elon Musk and his company.
The Falcon Heavy is the most powerful operational rocket in the world x 2. It has the ability to lift into orbit 141,000 pounds! To put it into perspective…. That is more weight than a 737 jetliner loaded with passengers, crew, luggage and fuel.
In fact, the Falcon Heavy can lift more than twice the payload of the next closest operational vehicle, the Delta IV Heavy. Best yet, it does it at one-third the cost.
Its 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. Only the Saturn V moon rocket, last flown in 1973, delivered more payload to orbit. Falcon Heavy was designed from the outset to carry humans into space and restores the possibility of flying missions with crew to the Moon or Mars.
Spaceman in a Tin Can: Elon Musk puts a Tesla in Space
Elon Musk and SpaceX has now become one of the coolest companies on the plant. Not only did they they launch the Falcon Heavy successfully but they also released a cherry red Tesla Roadster playing David Bowie’s Life on Mars. And driving the car… A Spaceman. AMAZING…
It is common for rockets to carry a dummy payload during test flights to make sure the estimated load carry weights are accurate. But, Musk and company decided to load the rocket with an original Tesla Roadster. The Tesla would have not been complete without a SpaceX suit-wearing dummy in the driver’s seat.
SpaceX successfully landed all three boosters that propelled the rocket today. The rocket’s second stage, with the Roadster on top, was launched into an orbit around the sun.
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