Elon Musk's Falcon rocket soars to space



Propelled by 27 rocket engines, the Falcon Heavy packs more than 5 million pounds of thrust at launch, roughly three times the force of the Falcon 9 booster that until now has been the workhorse of the SpaceX fleet.

"Any new rocket system's first launch is going to be all about gathering data and so you don't want to put a mission critical payload on it, so Elon (Musk) is having a little fun and putting his first Tesla roadster, his first car as the payload and sending it on kind of a fun journey into Mars orbit while playing a David Bowie song".

The successful liftoff was a key turning point for Musk's privately owned Space Exploration Technologies, which stands to gain a new edge over the handful of rivals vying for lucrative contracts with NASA, satellite companies and the U.S. military.

"The mission went as well as one could have hoped", an ecstatic Musk told reporters after the launch, calling it "probably the most exciting thing I have seen literally ever".

On Tuesday, Musk launched his biggest one yet from the same launchpad that sent Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins to the moon in 1969, a rocket capable of boosting a payload to Mars that's currently the most powerful in the world. The launch of Falcon Heavy from the Kennedy Space Center is considered a major milestone for several reasons.

The SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket lifts off from launch pad 39A at Kennedy Space Center on February 6, 2018 in Cape Canaveral, Fla. Musk said that Crew Dragon is now the company's top priority, with the first demo flights slated for later this year.

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 proposal must still be approved by Tesla's shareholders, who are scheduled to vote in late March.

"If people think we're in a race with the Chinese, this is our secret weapon: the entrepreneurship of people like Elon and others like Jeff Bezos", said Stanford University's G. Scott Hubbard, NASA's first Mars czar. The third booster crashed into the sea at around 300mph, a likelihood SpaceX had prepared for.

The entire payload is heading towards Mars, where SpaceX supremo Musk hopes to set up an outpost of humanity. Tesla ended the fourth quarter with $3.4 billion in cash; its capital expenditures were $3.4 billion in 2017 and it said they will likely grow slightly this year as the company adds more stores, service centers and fast-charging Supercharger stations. They say it will be destroyed by radiation because the plastics and carbon fibre elements of the vehicle will not be able to withstand the extreme levels of radiation from the sun.

According to science - and astronomer Stuart Clarke - the idea of a flat earth is theoretically impossible.

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Musk posted a live video showing the "Starman" mannequin appearing to cruise, its gloved hand on the wheel, through the darkness of space, with the Earth's image reflected on the car's glossy red surface.

The launch today was very near flawless.

After the boosters separated, the side cores successfully landed at SpaceX's designated landing zones. If not there is the risk that bacteria from Earth may spread through the solar system after a collision. Remarkable footage of the vehicle orbiting Earth surfaced on Wednesday.