If Elon Musk did not hide the risks of failure of the Falcon Heavy rocket, the heavy pitcher did well on his first takeoff, boarding the boss’s personal Roadster.
No problem during takeoff or climb. Powered by 27 engines totaling the equivalent of 2,500 tonnes of thrust, the SpaceX Falcon Heavy departed this Tuesday, Feb. 6, from the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida. She is now on her way to Mars where she will be orbiting the sun.
In the main capsule, Elon Musk’s Tesla Roadster staff with David Bowie’s “Space Oddity” in the background. At the wheel, the Starman manikin who will drive the first electric car in space until the end of an adventure that should take him to some 400 million kilometers from the Earth.
A little humor : on the scoreboard, the inscription “Do not Panic” refers to the “Guide du voyageur galactique”, a must-have for science fiction.
” The mission went as well as we hoped . I had this image of a giant explosion on the firing point (…) Fortunately it did not happen, “said Elon Musk.
For SpaceX, this first takeoff is a huge accomplishment. The company says the Falcon Heavy is able to run twice as load useful than the most powerful rocket in existing operation, all at only a third of the price.
What make the space operations at the same time more economic and more regular and get closer to one of the dreams of Elon Musk: the colonization of Mars.
However, it is not the Falcon Heavy that should ensure the transport of humans to the red planet but another project in development: the “Big Fucking Rocket” (we will not translate).