Astronomers Spot Elon Musk's Tesla Flying Through Space After Launch

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"Its objective: "[To] support high flight rates for Falcon 9 and dual ocean landings for Falcon Heavy boosters".

In a Twitter conversation, Musk replied to a person asking how he would land two boosters with only one drone by revealing that a third one is under construction. They've developed two series of the special discs; one resides in Musk's personal library, and the other is now rocketing through space in a car's glovebox.

Last week's launch of SpaceX's Falcon Heavy was incredible for so many reasons, not least of which was Elon Musk's extremely low expectations for the craft's debut.

Elon Musk, CEO of SpaceX, is busy in preparing a new space drone ship that will enhance the rocket recovering capacity of SpaceX.

At this point, you probably also know that while SpaceX tried to land that Falcon Heavy booster on a drone ship in the ocean, that landing failed.

Despite it being the very first test flight, things went nearly perfectly for SpaceX, and Musk's own Tesla Roadster sailed for the heavens while two Falcon-9-based side boosters landed side by side for the world to see. All the three drone ships are named after the spacecraft that featured in Scottish author Iain M. Banks' Culture novels.

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SpaceX's first Falcon Heavy rocket soars into space on February 6, 2018 after a successful debut launch from NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida.

The 1.37 minute clip not only captures a picture-perfect launch of the world's most powerful rocket, but also the recovery of two side boosters in a simultaneous, controlled landing.

The near-flawless performance of the Heavy on Tuesday "gives me a lot of confidence we can make the BFR design work", Musk said. "Fix is pretty obvious".

This helpful video from Concerning Reality walks through the history of rockets in comparison to the Falcon Heavy. "Just Read the Instructions" is in the Pacific for launches from Vandenberg, and "Of Course I Still Love You" in the Atlantic for launches from Cape Canaveral.

SpaceX is confident it can keep recovering boosters from Falcon Heavy launches. It has many private-sector uses, including communications satellites.

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