SpaceX to Launch Falcon Heavy Rocket

firefly123

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Elon Musk's SpaceX is about to launch its Falcon Heavy Rocket for the first time.
Of course it wouldn't be Elon Musk without something different so rather than its test payload be a lump of concrete or some such it is instead a Tesla Car playing Space Oddity that will launch on a 1 billion year orbit of Mars.

This rocket (the Falcon Heavy)will 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.

It is an utter beast of a thing with only the Legendary Saturn IV in the same league....



This is the impetus to go further and get out there. Many years from now it may be seen as a milestone moment in human exploration.....


Or it might blow up. But sure lets see shall we:)

It will be launching in approximately 30 minutes and can be watched live here....
[video=youtube;AI8_bM1VMv4]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AI8_bM1VMv4[/video]
 


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There are two seats left near the loo. E65 lastminit.com
 

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Elon Musk's SpaceX is about to launch its Falcon Heavy Rocket for the first time.
Of course it wouldn't be Elon Musk without something different so rather than its test payload be a lump of concrete or some such it is instead a Tesla Car playing Space Oddity that will launch on a 1 billion year orbit of Mars.

This rocket (the Falcon Heavy)will 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.

It is an utter beast of a thing with only the Legendary Saturn IV in the same league....



This is the impetus to go further and get out there. Many years from now it may be seen as a milestone moment in human exploration.....


Or it might blow up. But sure lets see shall we:)

It will be launching in approximately 30 minutes and can be watched live here....
[video=youtube;AI8_bM1VMv4]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AI8_bM1VMv4[/video]
Actually it'll be Musks own car that's being launched.

Agree completely with you - push upwards and forwards. But I confess I'm vaguely concerned it's a private company doing the pushing here.
 

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computing forever ripping into Nasa's SLS , its system will launch 130 tonnes for $1bn compared to Falcon that will launch 55 tonnes for $90m

[video=youtube;vv593WeDw2s]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vv593WeDw2s&t[/video]
 

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Actually it'll be Musks own car that's being launched.

Agree completely with you - push upwards and forwards. But I confess I'm vaguely concerned it's a private company doing the pushing here.
We are always being told the private sector is the way forward on here so I'm all for it.
Lets enjoy the show. It has just gone live
 

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I love that some of it comes back and lands. That is amazing
 

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Fuel is just purified kerosene and liquid oxygen.

That is handy
 

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T minus 15.

Loads of very excited nerds
 

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The side boosters have been used before and will be heading back to Kennedy whilst the big lad in the centre is gonna head for a ship in the ocean


Man this is one ballsy mission
 

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Ha. They even have a dummy in a spacex space suit driving the car.

That's gonna scare the crap out of some space trucker in the distant future
 

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Nerdgasm!!

Stunning achievement!

Loving the nod to Douglas Adams on the GPS in the Tesla.
 

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Well done America.

What a country.

Hey Ireland, wheny you’re done ‘advising Americans on how to run their country’, let us know when you lot have figured out how to pay for your water.

:lol:
 

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Ha. They even have a dummy in a spacex space suit driving the car.

That's gonna scare the crap out of some space trucker in the distant future
If they really wanted to wreck the head of space truckers, they should have put the space man on a bicycle...
 

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the 2 boosters landing together was awesome, its like 1950's sifi come to life
 


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