The rocket is the most powerful rocket in the world and is carrying a Tesla Roadsters into orbit. The test flight exceeded expectations with a almost flawless launch.
“There are no plans to make a change at this time”, Musk said on a conference call after the company released fourth-quarter earnings that beat analyst expectations.
“I think it looks so ridiculous and impossible”. Footage shows a large cloud of smoke as the third rocket booster covers the deck of a drone ship in shrapnel.
Speaking of manned missions in 2018, Falcon Heavy is due for one more launch “late” this year, announced by SpaceX in February 2017.
Musk said the successful Falcon Heavy launch left him encouraged about the future of BFR.
Inventor Elon Musk continues to innovate as he just sent a Tesla to orbit the Earth and the pictures have everyone amazed!
The “center core” was the most challenging part of the Falcon Heavy’s development, requiring significant redesign of the Falcon 9 booster’s airframe to handle the loads from the side boosters and other stresses during its ascent.
The company also told investors they were “thrilled to surprise everyone with the next-generation Roadster”, a day after Musk sent his first-generation Roadster to Mars aboard a SpaceX rocket. The two side boosters that took the payload aloft successfully made a simultaneous landing back on Earth.
“Because in both cases the only thing that is expended is upper stage”, Musk said.
“The rocket put in space not some worthless dummy, a payload nobody will be sorry to lose, but a very specific motor vehicle”, he said. “We want a new space race”.
Around 350 feet (103 meters) tall, BFR would be almost as big and even more powerful than NASA’s Saturn V which sent astronauts to the moon in the 1960s and 1970s.
If the test launch goes as planned SpaceX will then start planning missing beyond Earth including two missions to Mars in 2022.
Tesla’s long-term viability depends on annually making billions from sales of its Model 3s, which costs half the price of its flagship Model S.
The hope is that any failure comes far enough into the flight “so we at least learn as much as possible along the way”. But it’s partially made up of Falcon 9s, reliable rockets in their own right, and the current money-makers for SpaceX. The vessel’s 27 engines together generate a lift-off thrust equal to approximately 18 Boeing 747 aircraft.
Well true to his word, Musk has said that SpaceX will now start devoting all its resources into building the rocket.