Falcon Heavy: historic launch from SpaceX (video, photos)

Falcon Heavy rocket launch, © SpaceX

The first super-heavy rocket Falcon Heavy, built by the private space company SpaceX, was launched on February 6, 2018 from Cape Canaveral (Florida, USA). This is her first test flight. As cargo on board was a Tesla Roadster car with a dummy named Starman in a SpaceX suit.

Together with the car, an Arch 5D disk drive was delivered into orbit, resistant to the harsh conditions of outer space, with a collection of novels from the Foundation cycle by science fiction writer Isaac Asimov. The SpaceX logo plate on the payload adapter bears the names of more than 6,000 SpaceX employees. Tesla also has three video cameras that will transmit the image to Earth.

Falcon Heavy Launch

The upper stage with the car was supposed to go into a heliocentric orbit within the orbit of Mars, but due to a malfunction of the engine, it looks like Starman will have to “explore” the asteroid belt.
“I am very excited about today,” SpaceX spokesman Elon Musk told reporters after the launch. “Very proud of the SpaceX team. They did an incredible job building the most advanced and largest rocket in the world.”

The Falcon Heavy test flight has been one of the most anticipated in recent years. Approximately 100,000 spectators watched this spectacle from the coast of Florida. Among those present was famed Apollo 11 astronaut Buzz Aldrin, who flew from the same site to the Moon in 1969.
Meanwhile, SpaceX is developing a launch system even larger than the Falcon Heavy called the BFR (or Big Falcon Rocket). This booster will be designed to simultaneously launch hundreds of people into space and can be used to quickly deliver passengers around the world.


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