SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy Test Flight: Starman aboard Tesla Roadster

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SpaceX launched Falcon Heavy on Tuesday which includes a space-suited mannequin called Starman aboard Tesla Roadster. After a decade in development, it was launched successfully from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida, at 3:45 PM ET on Tuesday. Although the central core booster did not make it to the drone-ship in the Atlantic Ocean, it was considered a mission success. Center core booster failed to land because it was not able to relight the three engines and operated only on one engine which caused the crash of two engines on the drone ship. While the two side boosters successfully landed in the Cape Canaveral landing area.

Falcon Heavy’s maiden flight was made successful on Tuesday. The launch was delayed for several hours because of the upper-level wind concerns. Elon Musk, the CEO of both SpaceX and Tesla, decided to put a Tesla Roadster and Starman in the payload of Falcon Heavy. The rocket was initially planned to shoot the car into an orbit around the sun and take it as far as Mars. But the rocket exceeded the limit because of the increase in the final burn and the payload will now pass the Mars orbit and will extend farther into the Asteroid belt.

Falcon Heavy has 27 engines and can generate more thrusts than any other operational rocket which makes it the most powerful rocket to fly since NASA’s moon rocket, the Saturn V. This rocket has the potential to carry people around the moon and one day it will be possible to transport people to Mars. This test flight could smell success and create a deal between SpaceX and US Department of Defense for future missions. This rocket can launch and shoot payload straight to Pluto and beyond. This opens the door wider and provides a new way to explore space. Hope, we get the answers to all the unanswered questions.

Featured Image: Trevor Mahlmann

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