SpaceX successfully launches Falcon Heavy, the most powerful rocket today

SpaceX was able to successfully make their first Falcon Heavy's first test release early tonight (06). The spacecraft took off from a NASA launch base in the US state of Florida and consisted of two side thrusters and a more powerful center. The sides returned safely to Earth and landed simultaneously. We have no official confirmations about the landing of the central thruster yet.

Within minutes of its launch, the Falcon Heavy crossed the 10, 000 km / h barrier with its 27 combustion engines. It is considered today the most powerful rocket in operation, and only a few NASA missions to planets far from the solar system have surpassed it.

Since it was a test launch, the rocket carried no satellite or scientific payload. Instead, the last stage of the Falcon Heavy carried a Tesla Roadster that belonged to Elon Musk. In the driver's seat was a mannequin dressed in the official SpaceX space suit developed for his future crew. The car and its "Spaceman" will enter the same orbit of Mars, circling the sun indefinitely. The soundtrack of the car is David Bowie's Space Oddity, which is playing in infinite loop in the vehicle.

The launch event was broadcast live on YouTube and was attended by over 400, 000 people simultaneously. SpaceX's Florida base welcomed the entire crew to watch the launch, and thousands of viewers and journalists from around the world watched the takeoff live a few miles from NASA's launch pad.

Falcon Heavy side colors have landed at SpaceX's Landing Zones 1 and 2. pic.twitter.com/oMBqizqnpI

- SpaceX (@SpaceX) February 6, 2018

Loves the idea of ​​a car sailing endlessly endlessly through space and perhaps being discovered by an alien race millions of years from now

Prior to launch, Musk said in an interview that "he loves the idea of ​​a car sailing endlessly endlessly through space and perhaps being discovered by an alien race millions of years from now." Musk's Tesla Roadster is the first car to launch in space beyond the moon.

Falcon Heavy can carry loads of up to 70 tonnes into space, and today's test flight was a way for Elon Musk's company to prove that it can not only launch large loads but also reuse its rockets. With this powertrain recovery system, SpaceX expects to charge $ 90 million for a Falcon Heavy launch. Civil and military customers are already in line to use the company's rocket in the coming months.

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Right now, Musk's car and his passenger known as the "Spaceman" are on their way to orbit from Mars and should take about six months to get there. SpaceX is broadcasting special vehicle images live via this link.

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