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Mankind creates history as Falcon Heavy's maiden flight goes successfully

In case you are living under a rock, today was a very historic day as SpaceX owned by Elon Musk launched this new rocket, Falcon Heavy, from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

The mammoth vehicle - the most powerful since the shuttle system - lifted clear of its pad without incident to soar high over the Atlantic Ocean.

It was billed as a risky test flight in advance of the lift-off.

The SpaceX CEO said the challenges of developing the new rocket meant the chances of a successful first outing might be only 50-50.

Quote:I had this image of just a giant explosion on the pad, a wheel bouncing down the road. But fortunately that's not what happened.

he told reporters after the event.

With this debut, the Falcon Heavy becomes the most capable launch vehicle available.

It is designed to deliver a maximum payload to low-Earth orbit of 64 tonnes - the equivalent of putting five London double-decker buses in space.

Such performance is slightly more than double that of the world's next most powerful rocket, the Delta IV Heavy - but at one third of the cost, says Mr Musk.

For this experimental and uncertain mission, however, he decided on a much smaller and whimsical payload - his old cherry-red Tesla sports car.

A space-suited mannequin was strapped in the driver's seat, and the radio set to play a David Bowie soundtrack on a loop.

The Tesla and its passenger have been despatched into an elliptical orbit around the Sun that reaches out as far as the Planet Mars.

The Falcon Heavy is essentially three of SpaceX's workhorse Falcon 9 vehicles strapped together. And, as is the usual practice for SpaceX, all three boost stages - the lower segments of the rocket - returned to Earth to attempt controlled landings.

Two came back to touchdown zones on the Florida coast just south of Kennedy. Their landing legs made contact with the ground virtually at the same time.

"That was epic," said Mr Musk. "That's probably the most exciting thing I've ever seen, literally."

The third booster was due to settle on a drone ship stationed several hundred kilometres out at sea. Unfortunately, it had insufficient propellant left to slow the descent, missed the target vessel and was destroyed as it hit the water at some 500km/h.

By then, the upper-stage of the Falcon Heavy, with its Tesla cargo, was heading on a trajectory that would hopefully take it towards Mars' orbit.

That required the engine on the upper-stage to fire on three separate occasions, with the third and final ignition only occurring after a long cruise phase - something which was confirmed some six hours after the launch.
کام جوان کی موت ہے، باپ کما رہا ہے یہی بہت ہے
I looked at title and thought u are talking about mankind/cactus jack/dude love wrestler.

That simultaneous touchdown of the boosters might be one of the most beautiful things I've ever seen. Absolutely breathtaking!

I still can't believe that of all the payloads, Musk threw his car into space.
Here's that car in space. The picture looks so fake that Elon Musk said "You know it's real because it looks so fake. We have better CGI than that."

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I watched the event live on youtube. The boosters returned successfully but center core didn't land on drone ship and was destroyed.
It's believed that it hit the water (not the ASDS, the camera would have been destroyed) at about 300 mph after the two outer engines failed to ignite due to a shortage of TEA-TEB. The centre engine did light but wasn't enough to kill the velocity of the stage entirely. Two of the droneship's engines were apparently taken out in the blast.

The trajectory is planned so that in this sort of event, the stage is on track to miss the landing site. It's intentionally directed to the side of the droneship and only diverts to correct its position when all engines are active and are able to do so. You can see this through the interstage cameras on the RTLS missions too.

Those launch and land pads are incredibly expensive / time consuming to build, so it makes sense if you know it's not perfect to avoid it.
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