The highly anticipated SpaceX Falcon Heavy launch is almost ready. Lead by Elon Musk and his SpaceX team, if the launch is successful, it will mark an important milestone for the space travel as well as become an important stepping stone for humanity's eventual journey to Mars.
Falcon Heavy launch simulation almost ready. Will be set to Bowie’s Life on Mars.— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) February 3, 2018
Launching at the historic Kennedy Space Center, the Falcon Heavy is a brand new rocket that is set to launch this week February 6, 2018. The heavy-duty rocket's power, as well as its unique cargo, is part of the Musk's bigger plan to disrupt the industry.
Falcon Heavy hold-down firing this morning was good. Generated quite a thunderhead of steam. Launching in a week or so. pic.twitter.com/npaqatbNir— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) January 24, 2018
The World's Most Powerful Rocket
For the uninitiated, SpaceX is an aerospace company founded by the billionaire, Elon Musk. Founded in 2002 the company has disrupted the aerospace industry making history with its efficient, cost-effective, and reusable rockets. The ultimate goal of the company is to revolutionize space travel and eventually get humans to other planets.
Since the inception of the company, SpaceX has captured both the space community as well as the public's eye with its historic milestones. Most recently, in 2017, the company achieved the first flight of an orbital class rocket.
The Falcon Heavy will continue this tradition of aerospace disruption. The rocket itself will be the most powerful operational rocket in the world, "by a factor of two". Impressively the rocket will have the ability to take into orbit 64 metric tons or about 141,000 lbs.
To put that into perspective that is the equivalent of a fully loaded 737 jetliner. Taking inspiration from the previously successful Falcon 9, the Falcon Heavy will comprise of the Falcon 9 nine-engine cores boasting an enormous 5 million pounds of thrust at liftoff. The rocket is even more powerful than NASA's Saturn V rocket; the rocket used in the Apollo landings
A rocket like this could have the potential of sending humans to space. Even more so, if the launch is successful it could open a whole new range of opportunities for the SpaceX company and also reiterate the idea that commercial companies can enter the space race.
For the Falcon Heavy Mission, Elon will launch a dummy payload into orbit. Part of that payload will include the beloved cherry red Telsa roadster. Though there's seems to be no official scientific reason for adding it to the payload, Musk stated on Twitter, "I love the thought of a car drifting apparently endlessly through space and perhaps being discovered by an alien race millions of years in the future"
Stay tuned for more details about the launch.