Febrero 21, 2018

Here's how you can watch Falcon Heavy send a vehicle to Mars

07 Febrero 2018, 04:18 | Benedicto Grullon

Here's how you can watch Falcon Heavy send a vehicle to Mars

Here's how you can watch Falcon Heavy send a vehicle to Mars

Space X's most powerful rocket, heavier than any known flying object of today is all set to launch on Tuesday, February 6, 2018 for the first time.

The space company, SpaceX, is set to usher in a new era of space travel later today when it finally launches the Falcon Heavy rocket.

The story of the SpaceX Falcon Heavy's test flight is two things at once: a step toward a mechanism for cheaper commercial space hauling, and - at least as importantly - a massive publicity stunt.

However, first SpaceX needs to successfully launch the rocket. It is the most powerful US rocket since NASA's Saturn V. The booster is essentially three Falcon 9 rockets in one, and liftoff will happen as 27 Merlin engines fire in unison. According to the company, it will cost just $90 million per launch, a fraction of the price of similar heavy-lift rockets. Keeping expectations low is fair, considering this is the first test flight. They could get projects of sending heavier satellites to the orbit to sending people to space. However, the SLS could cost up to 10 times more than Falcon Heavy. SpaceX's Falcon Heavy framework would one be able to day ship a payload of 37,000 pounds - approximately 14 Tesla Roadsters of mass - to Mars.

The goal for this test launch is to get off the ground in order to send a payload out of low Earth orbit.

In 2010, SpaceX became the first private company to launch a spacecraft into orbit and then safely guide it back to Earth, something only large governments had done. Beyond that, several experimental milestones will provide even more information to the team.

Inside the cone of the rocket is Elon Musk's very own "midnight cherry" first-generation Tesla Roadster being driven by a dummy wearing SpaceX's chic spacesuit. The vehicle replaces the blob of concrete or steel that normally would make such a journey.

"We're a little bit anxious about ice potentially falling from the upper stage on to the side boosters", Musk said.

The Roadster will be travelling toward Mars at a max velocity of 11 km per second and travel 400 million km from Earth.

The above animation of his Tesla roadster heading off to Mars, an astro-bot's arm hanging languidly out the open window, is pretty amusing, and straight out of a 1980s music video. Musk figures it will circle the sun for hundreds of millions of years, regularly coming close to the Earth and Mars. The auto has a "tiny, tiny chance" of crashing into Mars, Musk says. When asked if he anxious at all about the state of his vehicle, Elon responded, 'No, I'm not anxious about the auto. "I'm really hopeful for this flight going as planned".

The Falcon Heavy rocket in flight.

Musk was asked whether SpaceX can increase the Falcon Heavy's performance over time, much like it has with the Falcon 9.

For anyone at the Cape, Elon promises a good show.

His biggest to date, the Falcon Heavy, is now on the launch pad at the Kennedy Space centre and is set to shortly launch.

Where: SpaceX will live stream the event on its website and YouTube channel (see video player below).

SpaceX's launch comes as the Trump administration is focused on returning to the moon. The company will attempt to recover all three boosters; the two old boosters will aim for side-by-side vertical touchdowns at Cape Canaveral, while the new, beefed-up center core will attempt to land on a floating ocean platform.

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