SpaceX launched its new Falcon Heavy rocket on February 6. This rocket is designed with two boosters that will separate from the center core engine when it throttles down and return to Earth at designated locations. The center core engines then throttle back up.
“The Falcon Heavy rocket is the most powerful operational rocket in the world by a factor of two”, according to SpaceX.
The purpose of this rocket is to deliver certain things to space. Cargo, satellites, and people can be carried in this rocket. Large loads can be taken into orbit inside the composite fairing, which is a structure that protects satellites during delivery into orbit and beyond. The shell breaks loose when it is safely inside space and releases whatever it is carrying. This isn’t normal for most rockets.
This Falcon Heavy rocket can also carry the Dragon, a free-flying spacecraft that can carry cargo and people. The Dragon made history in 2012 when it delivered cargo to the International Space Station and returned more cargo to Earth. This was previously only done by governments. It is expected to make a test flight as early as 2018 with a manned flight.
Recently, SpaceX did a test launch of this rocket, which carried a 2008 Tesla Roadster in the composite fairing of the rocket. The Tesla came complete with a dummy driver, nicknamed ‘Starman’ to join the car on its journey around the Sun.
Elon Musk, CEO of SpaceX said, “Just bear in mind that there is a good chance this monster rocket blows up.”
However, that wasn’t the case. The test launch successfully placed the Tesla into orbit. It is said to eventually reach Mars’ orbit as well as stay in space for millions of years. The rocket will soon launch a series of satellites in bid to have internet cast down on Earth, making it easier to access for everyone.