The Falcon Heavy by Space X is the most powerful rocket every constructed for space travel and boasts 27 engines in total. The promise of the FH is that the three boosters are reusable which completely reinvents the affordability of the space race. Before now boosters found a home at the bottom of the ocean after burning up for the most part in the atmosphere, never to be seen again, but the Falcon Heavy allows it's boosters to return to Earth and land safely. During a press conference about the FH test launch on Monday, company founder Elon Musk stated “If we are successful in this, it is game over for all the other heavy lift rockets" and he's right.
Making space travel affordable and accessible is not only important to science but to the future of the human race. The Falcon Heavy is designed to be a workhorse, delivering a maximum payload to low-Earth orbit of 64 tonnes, double the capabilities of its rivals and at one third of the cost.
Elon Musk's poer with the public and his consistent voice across Tesla and Space X specifically are all testament to his ethos of inventing the future. The interest and public engagement for space flight and its technologies could prove as important to the future of the industry than anything else. The FH is carrying the most quirky payload in history, Elon Musk's personal cherry red Tesla Roadster. The car will be propelled using 5,000,000 pounds of thrust as far as 400 million KM away from Earth and inside sits a dummy dubbed 'Starman' whilst David Bowie's Space Oddity plays over the radio. It is intended to reach a Mars orbit but Musk has said he is concerned about this part of the mission due to its technical difficulty. It's eccentric but it definitely captures the tone of Space X and of Elon Musk.
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