Living in Florida has its advantages…especially if you are a Space Geek. I can walk out my door…onto the driveway in front of my house and have a view of the most incredible launches from Cape Canaveral, Florida, USA. (Kennedy Space Center) Of course, it isn’t exactly like actually being there when everyone can feel the tremendous roar and vibrations of the massive engines. Nevertheless, on February 6, 2018, the most powerful operational rocket in the world made a successful test flight. The cheers of the thousands who came to Florida to view it in person give us a sense of the excitement of people from around the world, as well as Americans. The prospects of space flight and new space ventures are beyond imagination. Thanks to the fine engineers and employees at SpaceX and CEO Elon Musk, the future looks bright. We all want to know more about places like Mars and beyond! Your Grandchildren and their children may very well know the mysteries in space or even visit the glories of God’s great universe.
SPACEX released these words and a video after the successful launch of the Falcon Heavy rocket:
“Following its first test launch, Falcon Heavy is now the most powerful operational rocket in the world by a factor of two. With the ability to lift into orbit nearly 64 metric tons (141,000 lb)—a mass greater than a 737 jetliner loaded with passengers, crew, luggage and fuel–Falcon Heavy can lift more than twice the payload of the next closest operational vehicle, the Delta IV Heavy, at one-third the cost. Falcon Heavy draws upon the proven heritage and reliability of Falcon 9. Its first stage is composed of three Falcon 9 nine-engine cores whose 27 Merlin engines together generate more than 5 million pounds of thrust at liftoff, equal to approximately eighteen 747 aircraft. Only the Saturn V moon rocket, last flown in 1973, delivered more payload to orbit. Falcon Heavy was designed from the outset to carry humans into space and restores the possibility of flying missions with crew to the Moon or Mars.”
The side boosters were seen coming back to earth and safely landing upright, which makes them reusable rather than landing somewhere in the ocean. A great looking red Tesler Roadster also took the ride. Clever!
In case you were working at 1:30 Eastern Standard Time or asleep on the other side of the world…and missed it. Here is a video of the excitement about Falcon Heavy.