In response to Donald Trump's congratulations on the Falcon Heavy launch, SpaceX CEO Elon Musk called the president a "dumbass". The co-founder of PayPal, Musk is the chief executive of both Tesla Inc., the electric-car pioneer, and Space Explorations Technologies Corp., or SpaceX, which ferries cargo for NASA. Literally, as atop the big candle was Elon Musk's personal cherry-red Tesla Roadster, with a SpaceX-suited dummy named "Starman" behind the wheel.
The success of this flight is also good for Florida, the longtime home of NASAs launch facility at the cape, which is forging a new life in the business environment of the private space industry.
Tesla CEO Elon Musk's auto is being tracked by the Virtual Telescope Project of Tenagra Observatory in Arizona as it ventures beyond the Moon's orbit, Space.com reported. All the early failures, like his first three launches, might have been worth it as the dreamer has cracked it all with the terribly named FBR (F@#$%BigRocket) which promises to do for space what Henry Ford did for the vehicle industry with his model T. It remains to be seen if Branson will be following in the footsteps of SpaceX by launching rockets into space. The 3D printed rocket was modeled by maker [psync] who based the design on a cross-section of NASA diagram and who even created a small payload adapter base fit for a model auto.
The Falcon Heavy is also economically notable, as the launch cost is at minimum $90 million.
SpaceX may also attempt the first water landing of its fairing, Musk hinted in the press conference following the Falcon Heavy launch. Priced at $35,000, the vehicle is already in high demand: Tesla CEO Elon Musk says there are 400,000 pre-orders. More significantly, the test payload got a greater boost than expected, causing it to overshoot its target: an orbit around Mars. The Heavy lifted off from the same spot as NASA's now-retired but more powerful Saturn V moon rockets and space shuttles.
The launch itself, the views from the payload and the landing of the booster rockets can only be described as stunning.
Musk said Tesla has learned some valuable lessons about production and is steadily resolving problems with the Model 3.
Musk said he doesn't plan to fly people on the Heavy _ that will mainly be used to launch supersize satellites. As the rocket was going to be scrapped anyway, the company chose to use it to test a new technique for a more fuel-efficient landing. "I'm still trying to absorb everything that happened because it seemed surreal to me", Musk said in a statement.
"The asteroid orbit plot was just a mistake", Jonathan McDowell, an astronomer at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, told Space.com.
"I think we might be able to exceed the specs that we unveiled previous year too, which is pretty exciting", he says.