Elon Musk's SpaceX Falcon Heavy Test Flight Is a Success


A mannequin "Starman" sits at the wheel of a Tesla Roadster in this photo posted on the Instagram account of Elon Musk, head of auto company Tesla and founder of the private space company SpaceX.

The pioneering rocket firm just pulled off the unexpected and carried out what appears to be a seamless first-ever launch of its massive new rocket, called Falcon Heavy. So maybe that's what he meant: maybe the Falcon Super Heavy would be in fact the Big Falcon Super Rocket. "Isro's research work on these three technologies is simultaneously going on and we hope to do a second technology demonstrator test (first experiment on reusable launch vehicle was in 2016) within two years", he said. Elon Musk, the CEO of both SpaceX and Tesla, decided that was too boring.

The successful test launch marked a key turning point in Musk's privately owned Space Exploration Technologies, which stands to gain a new edge over the handful of rivals vying for lucrative contracts with Nasa, satellite companies and the U.S. military.

The launch went down on Tuesday at the Kennedy Space Center at Cape Canaveral, Florida. A source of The Verge said the center core landed on water after only one of the three engines relight. They burst into celebrations once it had achieved a successful launch, with 100,000 spectators also watching what was one of the most anticipated rocket launches in the past few years.

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Two and a half minutes after liftoff, the rocket's two side boosters detached from the main column and began their careful trip back to Earth.

The Falcon Heavy was the most powerful rocket to launch since the shuttle system and represents our chance to get to Mars becoming a reality. It can launch more than twice as much payload as any other rocket.

A Falcon 9 SpaceX heavy rocket lifts off from pad 39A.

The 46-year-old launched Tesla roadster, a shining cherry red four-seater sports vehicle in SpaceX's Falcon Heavy touted to be world's most powerful rocket (it can carry 140,000 pounds of cargo into lower Earth orbit).