February, 7th 2018 |Other
SpaceX successfully launched the world’s most powerful rocket, an extremely large and powerful rocket known as” Falcon Heavy” that went through the sky with the thundering force of 18 Boeing 747 jetliners.Lifting off at 0345 hours, on Tuesday from the same launch-pad that sent the crew of Apollo 11 to the moon, the rocket sent up a mountain-sized plume of smoke and a rattling roar across Florida’s Space Coast.The mission represented the first test of the massive rocket, powered by 27 engines in three first-stage boosters that are strapped together.
As a promotional stunt, SpaceX founder Elon Musk loaded the Falcon Heavy with his own cherry-red Tesla Roadster carrying a space suit-clad mannequin named “Starman” in the driver’s seat.
Musk said he planned to send the convertible, built by another one of his companies, into an orbit around the sun that would take it near Mars.“I’m still trying to absorb everything that happened because it seemed surreal to me,” The Washington Post quoted Musk as saying.“I had an image of a giant explosion on the pad with a wheel bouncing down the road and the Tesla logo landing somewhere. But fortunately that’s not what happened. The mission seemed to have gone as well as possible.”
If SpaceX can fly the Falcon Heavy, the rocket could prove useful for lifting national security satellites and to NASA for helping its human exploration goals.The company has said that the rocket is capable of hauling more mass farther than any existing rocket – an estimated 140,000 pounds to low Earth orbit, and nearly 40,000 pounds to Mars.