Falcon Heavy changes the game

The SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket lifts off Tuesday from Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral Fla

The Falcon Heavy is the most powerful rocket now operating in the world. The successful launch of the rocket was indeed a significant achievement by Musk's aerospace company, but a red Tesla Roadster the rocket was carrying as its payload had also prompted many to ask why to send a sports auto into deep space.

The SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket lifts off from launch pad 39A at Kennedy Space Center on February 6, 2018 in Cape Canaveral, Florida.

With David Bowie's Space Oddity playing on the stereo and a dummy - named "Starman" - in the passenger seat, Musk's Roadster actually overshot its original destination of Mars and is now headed to the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter. After factoring in the current $7,500 federal tax credit, that brings the base price down to $27,500 - cost competitive with some of the best-selling cars in the U.S. He's in charge of the carmaker as well as the private space company. This "coast" phase was meant to show off a special orbital maneuver for the US Air Force, before the rocket completed one final engine burn in space and put the auto on its final orbit.

So, for now, "it's all hands on deck for Crew Dragon", Musk said.

"I think the new architecture, the BFR architecture, is the way to go", he said.

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While the Falcon Heavy drew headlines as the most powerful operational rocket on the planet, the re-dubbed "Big Falcon Rocket" aims to do much more than that: namely, it will be able to ferry as many as 100 people to far off destinations like Mars. On Tuesday, SpaceX test flew its newest rocket, the Falcon Heavy, which is essentially three Falcon 9s joined together into a single vehicle.

Musk, famous at Tesla for knowing how to extract billions in public subsidies, has built SpaceX around government contracts, so we grant that he hasn't done this entirely via the free market. SpaceX company has been preparing the launch for 7 years. Musk continued to say that selling reliable reusable rockets to other companies and organizations that usually let their booster rockets crash somewhere becoming scrap metal, will inevitably become the future of space flight. The company said in February past year that the rocket would send two people on a trip around the moon, but Musk said there's been a change of plans. One nine-engine first stage and a single engine second stage.

The president of the Mars Society, a space advocacy group intent on exploring and settling Mars, cheered SpaceX's achievement _ and reduced price.

One of Musk's key takeaways from the Falcon Heavy's successful flight?


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