Space X Successfully Passes the 1st Launch of ‘Falcon Heavy’
The rocket transports Elon Musk’s Tesla Roadster to an orbit close to Mars
The Falcon Heavy of Space X , considered the world ‘s most powerful operating rocket has successfully completed its first release . This Tuesday at 15.45 in the afternoon local time (21.45 in Spain), and after delaying the launch up to four times due to the wind at altitude, the rocket has taken off from launch platform 39A of the John F Space Center Kennedy, in Florida ( United States ).
The First Reusable Rocket
Barely seven minutes and 58 seconds after being launched from the US base, the two lateral thrusters (also known as boosters ) returned to Cape Canaveral and landed simultaneously on platforms LZ-1 and LZ-2. Meanwhile, the rocket’s upper stage continued its journey to a nearby Mars orbit with a very special payload: a red Tesla Roadster belonging to the CEO of Space X and Tesla Elon Musk.
The central stage tried to land on the deck of the autonomous barge ‘Of course I still love you’, located off the coast of Florida. However, it crashed against the surface of the ocean . Eight minutes later, the payload of the mission was already in orbit coupled to the second stage. A vehicle, modified so as not to be affected by the vacuum explosion of space, driven by a mannequin baptized as ‘Starman’.
On the way to the Asteroid Belt
The second stage of the ‘Falcon Heavy’ propelled the vehicle to place it in a solar orbit with aphelion in the orbit of Mars. About 4.37 hours on Wednesday, the vehicle exceeded the orbit of Mars, as explained by Elon Musk on his Twitter account, and set course for the Asteroid Belt .
Thanks to this mission, Elon Musk’s company has proven to be capable of carrying a greater load than other ferries and for a much lower price (90 million dollars per mission). In fact, it plans to use this new rocket for launches into low Earth orbit and even to go to the Moon or to explore the solar system. A mission that has served to take a new step in the space race.