Published: Wed, February 14, 2018
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Elon Musk's cherry red Tesla Roadster spotted 'zooming' in space

Elon Musk's cherry red Tesla Roadster spotted 'zooming' in space

But those aren't the most distinctive - and definitely not the nerdiest - parts of Elon Musk's space fleet.

SpaceX's Falcon Heavy, with more than 5 million pounds of thrust, is the most powerful rocket since NASA's Saturn V, the workhorse of the Apollo program that put American astronauts on the moon in the 1960s and 1970s.

SpaceX has also built another ship with giant metal arms to catch the protective payload fairings (or nose cone halves) on its rockets before they fall into the sea. It's in the process of building a third drone ship, which will be its second on the east coast of the US. All three of these ships are named after spacecraft featured in Iain M. Banks' series of "Culture" novels. The Falcon Heavy, a derivative of the smaller Falcon 9 that has been carrying cargo to the International Space Station for years, will be able to carry twice the payload of its nearest current competitor, up to 64 tons, at about one-tenth the cost. And with the return of two of the Falcon Heavy's reusable boosters, the company is paving the way for cheap and reliable space travel. According to Musk, the core didn't have enough ignition fluid to light the two outer engines of the booster for its final approach to the ship. "Fix is pretty obvious". This ship will be called "A Shortfall of Gravitas". The core was structurally reinforced to accommodate the side boosters, but it was otherwise a standard Falcon 9. The one blemish on the mission was that the center booster, which was to set down on a floating platform in the Atlantic, slammed into the water instead.

A new era in Space Adventure was launched by Elon Musk with SpaceX when he sent the red Tesla Roadster over there.


SpaceX teams at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, meanwhile, are targeting no earlier than 12:35 a.m. ET on February 22 for the launch of a Falcon 9 rocket from Launch Complex 40. MALCOLM DENEMARK/FLORIDA TODAY As seen from Cape Canaveral's beach: Crowds watch SpaceX's Falcon Heavy rocket launch from Kennedy Space Center on Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2018.

The 1.37 minute clip not only captures a picture-perfect launch of the world's most powerful rocket, but also the recovery of two side boosters in a simultaneous, controlled landing.

It was his first time seeing a rocket shoot into space, but definitely not his last.

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