SpaceX launches world's most powerful rocket toward Mars
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Wow! What an accomplishment!

GO ELON MUSK!!



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SpaceX launches world's most powerful rocket toward Mars

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AFPFebruary 6, 2018

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The SpaceX Falcon Heavy takes off from Pad 39A at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, on February 6, 2018 (AFP Photo/JIM WATSON )


Cape Canaveral (AFP) - The world's most powerful rocket, SpaceX's Falcon Heavy, blasted off Tuesday on its highly anticipated maiden test flight, carrying CEO Elon Musk's cherry red Tesla roadster to an orbit near Mars.

Screams and cheers erupted at Cape Canaveral, Florida as the massive rocket fired its 27 engines and rumbled into the blue sky over the same NASA launchpad that served as a base for the US missions to Moon four decades ago.

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"Wow, did you guys see that? That was awesome," said SpaceX commentator Lauren Lyons as applause thundered through mission control.
Loaded with Musk's red Tesla and a mannequin in a spacesuit, the monster rocket's test voyage has captured the world's imagination.

About two minutes into the flight, the two side boosters peeled away and made their way back toward Earth for an upright landing.

Both rockets landed side by side in unison on launchpads, live video images showed.

"And the Falcons have landed," Lyons said.

The third, center booster was to attempt a landing on an ocean platform.
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I saw that it was so cool!

All I could do is mutter to myself about what I am doing with my life :p
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This is truly an amazing video!

http://www.mrt.com/news/science/article/...555470.php
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That's amazing!  My uncle lives in titusville, right outside cape canaveral, so he can watch every single rocket that goes up at the launchpad! SpaceX is really amazing!
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(02-07-2018, 05:10 PM)SinnerSanctified25 Wrote: That's amazing!  My uncle lives in titusville, right outside cape canaveral, so he can watch every single rocket that goes up at the launchpad! SpaceX is really amazing!

I lived in Orlando for nearly 40 years and watched many a launch. I wish I'd seen this one. Many 'firsts' including the recovery of all three primary boosters. Two landed a short distance from where they launched and right side up on landing gear and the center, third stage, landed on a drone recovery vessel out in the Atlantic, again, right side up on its own landing gear.

What a cool touch though...launching one of his own Tesla cars into orbit, with 'Rocket Man' at the controls and with a little outtake from one of my favorite SciFi comedies, "Don't Panic" on the computer monitor of the car. :laughing: Not to mention his plans to send it on to orbit Mars! Way too cool!! :cool:
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Private Enterprise smashes stupid Government again!
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(02-07-2018, 07:18 PM)austenbosten Wrote: Private Enterprise smashes stupid Government again!

I remember well the quote from Major John Glen when he returned from his first Mercury mission. He was asked how it felt, getting ready to blast off? He notably said, "How do you think it felt, sitting atop something designed and built by the lowest bidder?"

No Kidding!!

In fact, it was an sm-65d atlas that blasted him into orbit and it had a very unusually high failure rate, especially in the early days of its developement!


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The magnitude of the challenge ahead of them was made clear a few weeks later, on the night of May 18, 1959, when the seven astronauts gathered at Cape Canaveral to watch their first rocket launch, of an SM-65D Atlas, which was similar to the one that was to carry them into orbit. A few minutes after liftoff, it spectacularly exploded, lighting up the night sky. The astronauts were stunned. Shepard turned to Glenn and said: "Well, I'm glad they got that out of the way."

...After a long series of delays,[84] Friendship 7 lifted off from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station on February 20, 1962. There were eleven delays during the countdown due to equipment malfunctions, improvements to equipment functioning properly and the weather. During Glenn's first orbit, a failure of the automatic-control system was detected. This forced Glenn to operate in manual mode for the second and third orbits, and for re-entry. Later in the flight, telemetry indicated that the heat shield had loosened...
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What's next for Elon Musk and SpaceX? If sucessful, more WOWs!



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What's next for SpaceX?

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Washington (AFP) Feb 7, 2018

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In successfully sending the world's most powerful rocket into space, SpaceX founder Elon Musk has pulled off yet another spectacular gamble.

The question now is what's next for SpaceX and the space industry following the launch of Musk's Tesla roadster into space aboard a Falcon Heavy rocket?


- Satellites -

Falcon Heavy can launch far heavier payloads than other rockets -- more than twice as much as its closest rival, the Delta IV Heavy rocket built by United Launch Alliance, the joint venture between Boeing and Lockheed Martin.

"Falcon Heavy opens up a new class of payload," Musk told reporters following Tuesday's launch from Cape Canaveral in Florida.

By blasting his electric car into space, Musk not only pulled off a publicity coup but also showed potential clients that SpaceX can deliver the goods.
Using reusable boosters, SpaceX has a cost advantage -- at 90 million dollars a launch it is three times cheaper than its rivals.

It has already lured two clients: the US Air Force and Arabsat, a consortium of Arab nations seeking to have communications satellites put into orbit.

The market, however, has changed significantly since Musk announced the Falcon Heavy project in 2011.

SpaceX took a lot of time to develop its powerful rocket, and spent more than half a billion dollars doing so, according to Musk.

During that time, a lot of progress been made in increasing the capability of smaller rockets -- including SpaceX's own Falcon 9 -- and reducing the size of satellites.

"There is a part of the commercial market that requires Falcon Heavy," SpaceX president Gwynne Shotwell told the Los Angeles Times last year. "It's there, and it's going to be consistent, but it's much smaller than we thought."


- Moonshot -

One year ago, SpaceX announced that it had signed a contract to send two paying passengers into orbit around the moon, something which hasn't been done since NASA's Apollo 17 mission in December 1972.

The space tourists would ride aboard a passenger version of SpaceX's Dragon 2 capsule, which has already been used by NASA to send cargo to the International Space Station.

Space tourism is a promising industry but the costs will limit its availability for some time to the super-rich. The moonshot was planned for late this year but SpaceX has yet to commit to that timeline.

SpaceX is also not the only one eyeing the moon. In December, President Donald Trump directed NASA to set up a lunar base as a first step in a mission to Mars.

Trump was vague, however, with details, financing or a calendar for sending men to the moon or the Red Planet.

Hooking up with a private partner such as SpaceX or Blue Origin, the space company founded by Amazon's Jeff Bezos, could be on the cards.


- Mars -

Establishing a colony on Mars is Musk's stated long-term goal and Falcon Heavy is one step in the ambitious project he outlined last year.

Falcon Heavy's successor -- and the SpaceX rocket that could make an unmanned mission to Mars -- would be the irreverently-named rocket currently known as BFR, or "Big Fucking Rocket."

BFR would eventually replace SpaceX's Falcon 9 and Falcon Heavy rockets and the Dragon capsule.

Around 350 feet (103 meters) tall, BFR would be nearly as big and even more powerful than NASA's Saturn V which sent astronauts to the moon in the 1960s and 1970s.
A first test flight could take place in 2019 with orbital tests in 2020 and the delivery of the first cargo to Mars in 2022.

Musk said the successful Falcon Heavy launch left him encouraged about the future of BFR.

"It gives me confidence that BFR is really quite workable," Musk said. "It's given me a lot of confidence that we can make the BFR design work."

"Most of our engineering resources will be dedicated to BFR and so I think that will make things go quite quickly," Musk said.
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More stuff coming out from this launch. Here's an incredible video that capyures, as best as is possible, the sounds of the launch. I lived in Orlando. about 50 miles west of the Cape and when the Shuttles launched, you could hear the rumble even where I was. It took about 8 minutes for the sound to reach us, but it certainly was audible. It was how it sounded when you were in Cocoa Beach, just a few short miles south that was impressive and being in the media pad must have been truly awesome. I was atop Cape Canaveral Hospital, on a special deck on the roof, for the maiden flight of Challenger. This location was about 10 miles away, but the sound was intense even at that distance.

This video really does a good job of capturing the sounds, but being there and feeling your body literally buffeted by the sound is what the experience is all about!


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(02-07-2018, 05:21 PM)Zedta Wrote:
(02-07-2018, 05:10 PM)SinnerSanctified25 Wrote: That's amazing!  My uncle lives in titusville, right outside cape canaveral, so he can watch every single rocket that goes up at the launchpad! SpaceX is really amazing!

I lived in Orlando for nearly 40 years and watched many a launch. I wish I'd seen this one. Many 'firsts' including the recovery of all three primary boosters. Two landed a short distance from where they launched and right side up on landing gear and the center, third stage, landed on a drone recovery vessel out in the Atlantic, again, right side up on its own landing gear.

What a cool touch though...launching one of his own Tesla cars into orbit, with 'Rocket Man' at the controls and with a little outtake from one of my favorite SciFi comedies, "Don't Panic" on the computer monitor of the car. :laughing: Not to mention his plans to send it on to orbit Mars! Way too cool!! :cool:

I saw that too.  :)

So was the car inside the rocket during blast off and then became exposed later in flight?
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