Elon Musk knows how to put on a show. Much better than NASA, where it will stop. The anticipation has been furious for what has essentially been a test flight, the first of the giant Falcon Heavy. The rocket, 70 meters high and with a capacity to transport more than 66 tons, took off nearly three hours late due to the weather conditions the 19:45, hour of the peninsula, platform LC-39A of the center of the Administration u.s. National Aeronautics and Space (NASA), the same who left the rockets for the Apollo missions to the Moon (1961-1972).
Musk had stated to feel optimistic, and that’s why he gave the mission a 66% chance of success, but more realistic was a 50%. We’ll never know, of course, what were the actual estimates. But between the risk of failure, that the Falcon Heavy is your proposal to take us to Mars and that the capsule was transporting a Tesla Roadster with a dummy called ‘Starman’ at the wheel, the text “Don’t Panic” on the screen, and the song of David Bowie’s Space Oddity playing in loop, had guaranteed a great follow-up to the launch.
As well, thousands of people watched the launch from the designated areas at the Kennedy Center, joined with enthusiasm to the countdown and hugged to verify the success of the operation. Two and a half minutes after liftoff, the two rockets on the side broke up and 30 seconds later the capsule with the Tesla Roadster left the third bullet and was left to be discovered.
One of the main concerns of the president of Space X, Elon Musk, is focused on the minute after the liftoff, when the rocket withstood the maximum pressure aerodynamics. But perhaps the main difficulty of the launch was to achieve the triple landing of the three rockets, accelerators that comprise the Falcon Heavy, to be reused in future missions, a procedure that SpaceX is already routinely done with his rockets, Falcon 9 and today he repeated with, at least, two of the three, the first to be separated from the capsule, in a spectacular landing simultaneously:
The cost of a mission of Falcon Heavy is $ 90 million, a trifle in matter of space travel, and the capacity of cargo that can be transported varies from 66 tonnes if the target is the Earth’s orbit at 17 tons, if the goal is Mars. Space X has as its ambitious goal “to carry humans into space and to recover the possibility of manned missions to the Moon or Mars.” And to an orbit around the red planet is where you are now driving the Tesla Roadster.