SpaceX's Falcon Heavy launches Tesla Roadster into space

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SpaceX's Falcon Heavy launches Tesla Roadster into space

Post by EnterpriseSovereign » 2018-02-06 05:04pm

SpaceX's new rocket - the Falcon Heavy - made its long-awaited first test flight when it blasted off from Florida's Kennedy Space Center on Tuesday afternoon, with a red car strapped to its front.
After successfully lifting clear of its launch pad, it became the world's most powerful rocket in use today.
The launch was due to happen at 6.30pm GMT but was been delayed to 8.45pm due to high winds.

The Heavy is equipped with three boosters and 27 engines designed to provide about 5 million pounds of thrust.
Two of the boosters are recycled and programmed to return for another touchdown on land.
SpaceX chief Elon Musk has put his Tesla Roadster sports car on board - a cherry-red convertible that has a space-suited dummy at the wheel and David Bowie's Space Oddity on its stereo.
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Re: SpaceX's Falcon Heavy launches Tesla Roadster into space

Post by Simon_Jester » 2018-02-06 06:43pm

Okay, the car was legitimately a nice touch.

Reminds me of the good old days... :D
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Re: SpaceX's Falcon Heavy launches Tesla Roadster into space

Post by GuppyShark » 2018-02-07 06:19am

Before anyone gets butthurt: The roadster was a replacement for the usual payload on a test flight, which is a hunk of concrete or metal.

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Re: SpaceX's Falcon Heavy launches Tesla Roadster into space

Post by LaCroix » 2018-02-07 07:01am

Elon is just sending his car ahead for the trip he's gonna take - he knows it will take years to find a decent parking space on mars.

I liked the spacesuit, though. Certainly going to get them some extra test data on long time space exposure.
Anybody knowing how long the roadster is going to live-stream/ send telemetry?
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Re: SpaceX's Falcon Heavy launches Tesla Roadster into space

Post by TimothyC » 2018-02-08 09:45am

LaCroix wrote:
2018-02-07 07:01am
Elon is just sending his car ahead for the trip he's gonna take - he knows it will take years to find a decent parking space on mars.

I liked the spacesuit, though. Certainly going to get them some extra test data on long time space exposure.
Anybody knowing how long the roadster is going to live-stream/ send telemetry?
The batteries on the stack (Roadster + Falcon Heavy second stage) were spec'ed to last 12 hours. So they were done by the time that you made your post.
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