Thursday, 18 January, 2018

SpaceX's three-core Falcon Heavy rolls out to KSC launch pad

The Falcon Heavy stands vertical at Kennedy Space Center's Launch Complex 39A for the first time SpaceX's three-core Falcon Heavy rolls out to KSC launch pad
Guillermo Lane | 29 December, 2017, 03:19

According to Diaz de Leon, he and his family were fortunate enough to get a good glimpse of the Falcon Heavy's payload fairing when the space center's bus tours stopped by the SpaceX hangar.

It was the second flight for the Falcon 9's first-stage core - and a first for SpaceX.

However, if the maiden Falcon Heavy launch goes well, the midnight cherry Tesla Roadster will be delivered into an orbit that will bring it very close to Mars.

Falcon Heavy is SpaceX's most ambitious rocket to date, created to carry heavy payloads.

Elon Musk is sending a Tesla to space.

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Musk has been planning to send a Tesla into the Red planet for several months now but backtracked from his plan sometime back.

The Falcon Heavy's inaugural test launch will have a dummy payload on-board, but SpaceX has readied a flashier, more colorful passenger than the boilerplates and water ballast carried on previous test flights of new heavy-lift launchers. These items, together with the Roadster, would likely be sent to deep space, where it would hopefully enter Mars orbit. Musk added that the electric vehicle will be playing "Space Oddity" by David Bowie while heading into space, where it will be floating for about a billion years if it does not explode on the way up. The images show one of the new Tesla Roadsters being prepared on a large cone within the Falcon Heavy.

The first stage of a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket is towed into Port Canaveral aboard the drone ship "Of Course I Still Love You", before dawn Tuesday, April 4, 2017, in Port Canaveral, Fla.

When Falcon Heavy lifts off - clocking in at 229 ft tall and 40 ft wide - it will be the most powerful rocket now operational in the world, capable of carrying 70 tons to Low Earth Orbit (LEO) and almost 30 tons to Geostationary Transfer Orbit (GTO).

SpaceX initially unveiled the Falcon Heavy back in 2011, with a tentative 2013 maiden launch date.

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