in a Red Roadster buckled up is the payload housed in the nosecone for
the first test flight of the SpaceX Falcon Heavy targeting blastoff on Feb 6,
2018. Credit: SpaceX
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launch of the triple barreled SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket, CEO and founder Elon
Musk released the long awaited updated launch animation showing the liftoff, recovery
of all three first stage cores and how the Heavy will send a car to Mars
rocket will lift off from historic pad 39A at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida in the
early afternoon during a launch window that opens at 1:30 p.m. EST on Feb. 6.
a heliocentric orbit. It will be playing
David Bowie’s hit song ‘Space Oddity.’
nicknamed ‘Starman in a Red Roadster’ by Musk is wearing a SpaceX
Crew Dragon astronaut spacesuit, and buckled up sitting in the driver’s seat
for the long journey to Mars. Starman is another Bowie hit song.
from Elon Musk/SpaceX:
Heavy sends a car to Mars
be the most powerful operational rocket in the world by a factor of two. With
the ability to lift into orbit nearly 64 metric tons (141,000 lb)—a mass
greater than a 737 jetliner loaded with passengers, crew, luggage and
fuel–Falcon Heavy can lift more than twice the payload of the next closest
operational vehicle, the Delta IV Heavy, at one-third the cost.
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.
boosters separate from the center core and return to landing sites for future
reuse. The center core, traveling further and faster than the side boosters,
also returns for reuse, but lands on a drone ship located in the Atlantic Ocean.
travel 11 km/s (7mi/s) and travel 400 million km (250 million mi) from Earth.
and launch stories.
view of SpaceX Falcon Heavy center booster nose cone loaded with Elon Musk’s
Tesla, side booster nose cones and grid fins. Debut
liftoff slated for Feb. 6, 2018. Credit: Ken Kremer/SpaceUpClose.com/kenkremer.com
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and space mission reports direct
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