On February 6, 2018, Elon Musk’s SpaceX successfully launched the world’s most powerful rocket, the Falcon Heavy, it was launched from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Also, A Tesla Roadster launched into space and it is playing a David Bowie soundtrack on a loop which will play for eternity, it is on a one-way mission to Mars and successfully landed 2 of 3 Falcon 9 rockets used for the launch, You can see it below.
According to BBC, the Falcon Heavy is designed to deliver a maximum payload to low-Earth orbit of 64 tonnes – the equivalent of putting five London double-decker buses in space. Such performance is somewhat more than double that of the world’s next most powerful rocket, the Delta IV Heavy – but at one-third of the cost, thanks to its reusable parts.
The complete 43-minute launch video has been embedded below. Highlights include:
– 29:23 is the 30-second countdown to launch
– 33:57 the first view of the Tesla Roadster in space
– 36:25 you can watch two of the rockets begin their descent back to Earth
The biggest payload combined with the lower cost opens up more opportunities for launching larger satellites, robots, and telescopes into space. For the Tesla Roadster to make it to Mars’ orbit, the engine on the upper-stage rocket needs to fire on three different occasions, with the third and final ignition only occurring after a long cruise phase. Only time will tell if that portion of the mission is successful.