Ruthless fate awaits Elon Musk's Tesla Roadster floating in space

Starman's journey creates online frenzy after SpaceX launch

Musk said the rocket - which is more than twice as powerful as any other rocket on the market - is ready to launch whatever SpaceX clients can dream up.

Speaking to technology news site Ars Technica Musk, a computer scientist by trade, explained just why the SpaceX rocket with 27 engines, would not suffer the fate of the 30 engine N-1.

SpaceX also reaffirmed its title as the only company to ever wreck a rocket core by trying to land it on a floating barge at sea - and missing. That's more than double the Falcon Heavy's thrust. A minute and a half later, FH's two rocket boosters detached and proceeded to descend to Earth, firing retrorockets and landing safely back at the Cape. And Musk's Roadster became the fastest auto ever, hurtling off the planet and zooming away on a route that will now take it all the way to the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter.

Musk and Tesla CFO Deepak Ahuja acknowledged 2017's challenges in a letter to investors but also said the table was set for a much better year in 2018.

But that doesn't mean Falcon Heavy will become a distant memory.

SpaceX does not, however, plan to certify the Falcon Heavy to fly humans.

SpaceX is competing with Boeing to be the first to send Americans into orbit from USA soil again, something that hasn't happened since NASA's last shuttle flight. As sketched out in a graphic on the company's website, FH's payload to Low Earth Orbit (LEO) was 140,660 lbs - 70 tons, give or take. It's almost four times the payload of Boeing and Lockheed's workhorse Atlas V 551, and more than Russia's Proton M rocket, China's LM3B, or Airbus's (NASDAQOTH:EADSY) Ariane 5 can carry as well.

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"When you're talking about highly classified payloads or special missions, you really want to be sure you've got capacity", Ellen Tauscher, former US undersecretary of state for arms control and global security, who now serves on SpaceX's board of advisors, said Tuesday.

But SpaceX founder Elon Musk believes that his super heavy rocket-the Spacex Falcon Heavy-can avoid the problems faced by the Soviets.

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

Of course, the mission for Falcon Heavy wasn't to promote a vehicle, but including a Roadster with Starman and streaming the view from space certainly helped the Tesla brand.

The successful liftoff is a key turning point in Silicon Valley entrepreneur Musk's privately owned Space Exploration Technologies, which stands to gain a new edge over the handful of rivals vying for lucrative contracts with NASA, satellite companies and the USA military. In any future contest where price is an object, Falcon Heavy should win, hands down.

Rocket recycling is the key to SpaceX's launch cost-cutting strategy. Musk splits his time between SpaceX and Tesla, with his official home in LA. And it still has a whole solar system to win.


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