Science and Technology Dept praises Elon Musk for successful rocket launch

Science and Technology Dept praises Elon Musk for successful rocket launch

SpaceX CEO Elon Musk makes it sound as if he always wanted to put a Tesla Roadster, and not much else, on top of the Falcon Heavy rocket for this week's historic maiden launch.

The imaginations of millions were ignited Tuesday afternoon when three columns of fire generated by SpaceX's Falcon Heavy rocket helped propel a Tesla sports vehicle to orbit and bolstered interest in a new space race - and that was just the test.

The programme is part of the USA government's move to encourage private space companies to provide human transportation services to low-Earth orbit, allowing Nasa to focus on deep space missions.

Musk's Tesla roadster will eventually assume a Mars-like orbit. The Falcon Heavy it will be sitting on top of will have no trouble lifting the 2 ton weight of the vehicle. The Falcon Heavy - which is essentially three Falcon 9 rockets strapped together - successfully landed its two outer stages in handsome synchronisation, but the core module was a different story, hitting the water 100 metres from its intended landing barge at 300mph (483kph). The rocket is the most powerful rocket in the world and is carrying a Tesla Roadster into orbit. For now, we can only thank Elon Mask and the Falcon Heavy for ferrying our dreams into the depths of space.

The Heavy is the biggest rocket to reach space since the 1969 launch of the Apollo 11, which brought astronauts to the moon, according to reports. Musk's Space X launched an interesting rocket and we are wide-eyed with amazement.

Thousands traveled to Florida's Space Coast to witness the demonstration flight from Kennedy Space Center's Pad 39A, jamming roads for hours after liftoff of the world's most powerful rocket.

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After a successful static fire nearly two weeks ago, anticipation has been building for Falcon Heavy's first flight. The company has obtained contracts from the Air Force, Arabsat and ViaSat to launch payloads to orbit.

In a letter to shareholders released today by the company, Musk and Tesla CFO Deepak Ahuja write that "the upcoming autonomous coast-to-coast drive will showcase a major leap forward for our self-driving technology".

SpaceX is competing with Boeing to be the first to send Americans into orbit from US soil again, something that hasn't happened since NASA's last shuttle flight.

"It can launch payloads straight to Pluto and beyond.it can launch giant satellites", Musk said Tuesday.

Musk noted that SpaceX used only internal funds to finance the Heavy, investing more than $500 million in developmental costs.

Since the company couldn't fly conventional cargo for the test flight, normally it would have opted for something like steel or concrete but, "That seemed extremely boring", said Musk, during a post lift-off media conference call. Our atmosphere protects us from this, but the Tesla will be fully exposed, and according to molecular expert William Carroll will not last a year in the tough conditions.

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