SpaceX launches Tesla Roadster into space on Falcon Heavy

SpaceX launches Tesla Roadster into space on Falcon Heavy

February 7, 2018

 

SpaceX has successfully launched the Falcon Heavy launch vehicle into orbit, delivering its cargo, the Tesla Roadster, into orbit.

 

The three-stage Falcon Heavy, the first heavy-lift capability launch vehicle seen in space in decades, is set to change the path of human space exploration. The three-stage reusable launch vehicle exceeded expectations during the launch - the first two stages were successfully re-landed, while the third was lost during the attempted re-land at sea due to too high speeds. SpaceX has stated that it expects to cut launch costs from tens of billions to US$90 million with the Falcon Heavy, compared with US$1 billion for NASA's comparable SLS rocket (currently under development).

 

The Falcon Heavy successfully launched its ostentatious cargo, a Tesla Roadster, towards Mars; however, due to slight overthrust, the Roadster is unlikely to orbit Mars as planned. Its current trajectory is uncertain, although it could well end up in an asteroid belt.

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