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Spotlight: SpaceX's heavy-lift rocket launch "successful"

12 Febrero 2018

The launch makes SpaceX, the company helmed by billionaire Tesla CEO Elon Musk, the owner of the world's most powerful operational rocket, noted CNN.

Elon Musk's SpaceX launched its new Falcon Heavy rocket for the first time Tuesday, a major milestone in the company's quest to grow its customer base and fund its vision of making life multiplanetary.

If nothing else, it would inspire people, he figured, reignite interest in space, while furthering his ambitions to push deeper into the cosmos, even though at the time he had never flown a rocket.

The launch, so powerful that it shook the walls of the press trailer at the complex, was conducted from the same site used by NASA's towering Saturn 5 rockets to carry Apollo missions to the moon more than 40 years ago.

It's also reported that Musk is aiming to land spaceships on Mars in 2022 and then ones transporting people in 2024.

SpaceX first developed plans for the Falcon Heavy in 2011 with goals of launching one in 2013 or 2014.

Falcon Heavy essentially comprises three previously tested rockets strapped together to create one giant spacecraft.

He's striving to put the car into a perpetual solar orbit reaching out as far as Mars, the focus of all his rocket efforts as he aims to establish a city there in years to come. Still, Musk said he is "cautiously optimistic" that Tesla will be profitable this year.

"It's just literally a normal car in space, I kind of like the absurdity of that".

"All our physics is constructed now, the physics of orbits of things going around the earth is all constructed with this three dimensional world".

The test payload for this demonstration mission is Musk's midnight cherry Tesla Roadster, which will be launched toward Mars. The last thing I want to do is climb out of the thing.

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The Roadster is in an even more elongated orbit now that stretches from Earth on one end, all the way to the neighborhood of Ceres on the other. Blue Origin, the space company founded by Amazon.com founder Jeff Bezos, is building a massive rocket called New Glenn after former astronaut John Glenn.

The launch itself, the views from the payload and the landing of the booster rockets can only be described as stunning.

The Falcon Heavy's two side rocket cores landed in spectacularly successful fashion, but the center core, which was set to touch down on a floating launch pad in the Atlantic, slammed into the water instead.

BFR would eventually replace SpaceX's Falcon 9 and Falcon Heavy rockets and the Dragon capsule.

A nearly indestructible disk carrying a digital copy of Isaac Asimov's science fiction book series, Foundation, is also on board, along with a plaque engraved with the names of SpaceX's 6,000 employees. The result of any impact or degradation of the car near Mars could start creating debris at the red planet, meaning that the pollution of another planet has already begun.

The white spacesuit was real, he said.

Mr Musk posted a live video showing the "Star-man" mannequin appearing to cruise, its gloved hand on the wheel, through the darkness of space, with the Earth's image reflected on the car's glossy red surface.

"It gives me confidence that BFR is really quite workable", Musk said.

Spotlight: SpaceX's heavy-lift rocket launch