A dummy astronaut was placed inside the driver's seat of the Tesla.
Musk said he's using the Roadster because it's less "boring" than typical test payloads, but it's also a smart marketing ploy. Musk told CBS News that it could actually send people back to the moon and with orbital refueling, it could send people to Mars.
If we got the footage. that sounds like some pretty fun footage, if the cameras didn't get blown up as well, then we'll put that up. for - you know - just the blooper reel. The launch of the Falcon Heavy has been heavily anticipated, which means the entire world has been watching (and commenting).
The Falcon Heavy rocket blasted off today from the same Florida launch pad used by NASA almost 50 years ago to send men to the moon. With 27 engines in total, Falcon Heavy's three cores are capable of generating more than 2,200 tonnes (5 million pounds) of thrust.
A SpaceX Falcon 9 lifts off during a previous mission.
SpaceX Falcon Heavy lifts off for the first time on February 6 from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Some spaceflight experts are urging NASA to use Falcon Heavy in lieu of its Space Launch System (SLS) now under development.
The launch was delayed due to upper-level wind shear, but once winds fell within tolerances, the countdown completed without any issues.
It's reported that close to half a million onlookers gathered in nearby viewing sites and beaches to witness the launch, which went by without a hitch after a delay of more than two hours. And, an impressively successful landing of the rockets will allow for future reuse. Well, Musk says that after today's successful launch, the next "mission" could occur within three to six months. The goal of this demo launch was to prove that the Falcon Heavy was ready for flight, and it more than accomplished that.