- SpaceX successfully launched the Falcon Heavy rocket from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida on Tuesday.
- The rocket is carrying Elon Musk’s Tesla Roadster as its payload.
- The Falcon Heavy rocket could be used for future manned space missions.
- You can watch a feed of the launch below.
SpaceX launched its powerful Falcon Heavy rocket for the first time on Tuesday.
The 75-metre-tall system is carrying the 2008 Tesla Roadster of SpaceX’s founder, Elon Musk, as its initial payload. If all goes according to plan, Musk says, the car will be sent to Mars orbit.
Falcon Heavy is the most powerful rocket SpaceX has ever launched – much bigger and stronger than the company’s Falcon 9 system. That means it has enough thrust to launch payloads heavier than a car into space and could therefore be used for future manned missions.
The rocket has 27 engines, which fire simultaneously. Its three boosters are designed to land themselves after delivering payloads to space. Reusing such rocket boosters could save millions of dollars on launches – boosters are usually discarded after a single use – in turn making delivery of satellites or people into space much cheaper.
SpaceX tested the Falcon Heavy rocket on January 24. But Musk said it will take a highly coordinated “aerial ballet” for the launch to be successful, and he has repeatedly warned that there’s a “good chance” the rocket may explode.
For those who want to watch the drama unfold, SpaceX broadcasted the event on its website and YouTube channel, as it has done for other launches.
Watch it here:
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