SpaceX launched its first Falcon Heavy rocket in February
By Filip Bušić
On February 6th, SpaceX conducted the first test flight of their new Falcon Heavy rocket. The rocket carried Starman (a mannequin pilot) in Elon Musk’s 2008 Tesla Roadster (see picture), playing David Bowie’s Space Oddity.
The rocket lifted off around 3:45 EST (21:45 Budapest time) from the Kennedy Space Center, Cape Canaveral, Florida. According to National Geographic, Elon Musk himself said, “holy flying f*ck, that thing took off,” a few seconds after the Falcon Heavy cleared the launchpad. In typical SpaceX fashion, the two boosters landed back on Earth eight minutes later.
This launch is important because of how efficient it is. Currently, it takes several thousands of dollars to launch one kilogram into orbit. SpaceX, led by billionaire visionary Elon Musk, the real-life Tony Stark, is working to reduce that cost so that one day people like you and I will be able to go to space.
SpaceX’s future plans include the colonization of Mars in the next 10 years and using rockets for point to point travel on Earth, making it possible to get from New York to Shanghai (currently 15 hours) in approximately 40 minutes.
A video of the launch is available on SpaceX’s YouTube channel.