Febrero 21, 2018

What SpaceX's Falcon Heavy Launch Means for Getting Humans to Mars

09 Febrero 2018, 07:26 | Benedicto Grullon

What SpaceX's Falcon Heavy Launch Means for Getting Humans to Mars

Elon Musk founder CEO of SpaceX and Tesla and lead designer of SpaceX speaks at a news conference after the Falcon 9 SpaceX heavy rocket launched successfully from the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral Fla. Tuesday Feb. 6 2018. (AP

On Tuesday, Musk's other major company SpaceX launched a Tesla Roadster into space aboard a Falcon Heavy rocket.

Due to specialized training of Air Force pararescuemen and the Wing's geographic location, the 920th RQW served as the primary rescue force for the astronauts on human spaceflight missions aboard the Shuttle, and will serve as the primary rescue force for the launch of the upcoming manned space platforms. "Fortunately, that is not what happened".

Within a year, Musk hopes to test the giant space ship that will be carried by the BFR. Just like the car's sound system possibly playing David Bowie's Space Oddity, a song about an astronaut who is lost forever to the void, that can never be heard because sound can't travel in the vacuum of space, the goal was to mesmerize.

A SpaceX livestream showed the vehicle cruising through the Van Allen radiation belt in Earth's magnetosphere, with David Bowie's Space Oddity playing in the background and a note on the dashboard saying "Don't Panic".

He tweeted late Tuesday night that the rocket's upper stage had made a successful final burn, sending the auto and its mannequin passenger out of Earth's orbit, into an orbit around the Sun that brings it close to Mars.

Doubtless, somewhere in the distant future, some aliens will discover the Tesla and think Earth must have had no problems with poverty, or war, or starvation, or disease, if they could afford such a folly. What were these guys doing? Those are not the kind of figures a company or its investors like to see, though Tesla pinned the high number costs associated with producing its Model 3 electric auto. The mission represented the first test of the massive rocket, powered by 27 engines in three first-stage boosters that are essentially strapped together. But Falcon Heavy did not meet that fate: It successfully cleared launch pad 39A at Kennedy Space Center. The rocket rose over the Atlantic Ocean before its two expended solid rocket boosters fell back to Earth and landed upright, just as planned. Musk also said Tesla would be able to develop the tech fast enough to pull off this demonstration by the end of 2017. The top speed is 250 miles per hour.

The successful launch of the most powerful operational rocket by SpaceX changed space history and expectations for what's next will be even bigger. The company is making ties with SpaceX and is willing to know that if Falcon Heavy is capable of sending their company's space craft to the asteroid belt.

@Saturn V: The success of FH (Falcon Heavy) means that SpaceX has finished the first step in rockets to colonise Mars.

Below we answer some of the most asked questions about the launch.

"The great thing about Falcon heavy is that it opens up a new class of payload", says Space X CEO Elon Musk.

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