By Spencer Kellogg | United States
In an unprecedented feat of technological and engineering genius, Tesla & Space X CEO & lead designer Elon Musk and his team have just sent their new “Falcon Heavy” three rocket craft into space:
Musk had questioned whether the rocket would work or not but as winds settled and provided a safe passage for liftoff, the Space X engines lit up and exploded towards the sky. With a thrust of over 5 million pounds and with the combined force of 18 Boeing 747’s launching together, Falcon Heavy just became the world’s biggest rocket by a power of two according to Elon Musk.
Inside the tri-rocket design sat a fake dummy inside a cherry red Tesla Roadster that blasted David Bowie’s “Space Oddity” as it launched. On December 2, 2017, Musk first pitched the idea of situating one of his Tesla models inside the rocket ship:
I love the thought of a car drifting apparently endlessly through space and perhaps being discovered by an alien race millions of years in the future
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) December 2, 2017
The rockets launched at 3:45 EST at Kennedy’s Space Center in Florida. Excited onlookers cheered and as the Space X creation skied upwards. Space X has been a revolutionizing force in the contemporary space age as they have made major advancements in the reuse of rocket cells. One of the biggest obstacles at the moment in regards to space travel is the cost associated with the manufacturing of rockets. In the past few years, Musk has invested largely in rocket technology and after failed attempts to land a space orbiting rocket onto a small platform in the ocean, the Space X team was finally successful on April 8, 2016:
While many have bemoaned government cuts to NASA, Musk and private corporations have stepped up to the challenge of space innovation. The success of Falcon Heavy is another milestone in the Musk’s innovative history that continues to situate him amongst some of the greatest thinkers and innovators of all time.