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Falcon Heavy

A dummy called Starman in SpaceX's spacesuit in Musk's red Roadster. Image: Screengrab from SpaceX youtube

Falcon Heavy is the most powerful rocket designed and manufactured by American space company
SpaceX. It conducted Falcon Heavy’s maiden launch on February 6, 2018 at 3:45 p.m. from
the Cape Canaveral, Florida. The rocket carried a Tesla Roadster belonging to SpaceX CEO Elon
Musk as a dummy payload. It was designed to carry humans into space farther than ever before
especially to Mars. It is partially reusable super heavy-lift launch vehicle.

It has capacity to launch 64 tonnes of payloads to low earth orbit which is greater in mass than a 737
jetliner loaded with passenger crew, luggage and fuel. Its two boosters successful landed on ground
while third booster destroyed and felt at sea. It was built in around $90 million.

The two reuseable side boosters of the Falcon Heavy
landed in perfect harmony on the launch pad.
Image: Wikipedia

Falcon Heavy, with its great lifting capability and low cost, could prove a handy vehicle for
interplanetary missions. “You can imagine a number of possibilities that are only in the drawing board
phase,” says Jack Burns, an astrophysics professor at the University of Colorado and recent member
of the NASA transition team. “This could include
  a mission to orbit Pluto which requires a more
massive spacecraft than New Horizons, missions to the moons of Saturn, [and] sample return from
Mars, [which] requires multiple launch.” “We want a new space race,” Elon Musk said at a
press conference after the Falcon Heavy Launch. “Space races are exciting.”
He’s going to get one. SpaceX might be king of the hill right now, with the most cost-effective
rockets on the market, but you better believe other companies have the front runner in their crosshairs.

Elon Musk’s Tesla Roadseter that was used as a payload in
the Falcon Heavy test launch
Image: Elon Musk’s Instagram

                                                                             – By Prabesh Bista

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