SpaceX has done it again.
Musk confirmed late Tuesday that a final burn by the Falcon Heavy's upper stage engine had successfully initiated a "trans-Mars injection" boosting the auto into an orbit around the sun stretching way beyond Mars.
Falcon Heavy cleared the launch pad without blowing up - a feat Musk had said would be enough to deem the mission a win - and continued on to deliver Musk's cherry red Tesla Roadster with a space-suit wearing mannequin at the wheel toward an Earth-Mars elliptical orbit around the sun.
According to U.S. space agency, the Starliner is expected to launch on the United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, while the Dragon 2 will lift off on SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket. Before the launch, Bezos wished Musk and SpaceX good luck, and Musk responded with a smooching emoji.
Thousands of onlookers in Florida could be heard cheering on the company's livestream, which was viewed by about 3 million people. This amount of carbon is a drop in the ocean compared to global industrial emissions as a whole, but if the SpaceX's plan for a rocket launch every two weeks comes to fruition, this amount of carbon (approximately 4,000 tonnes per year) will rapidly become a bigger problem. "In Elon Musk's case, he makes the spectacle his own reality", said Jessica Caldwell, executive director of industry analysis at Edmunds.
Rocket recycling is the key to SpaceX's launch cost-cutting strategy.
After years of waiting and months of delays, SpaceX finally launched the Falcon Heavy rocket into the skies of Florida yesterday. "I'm still trying to absorb everything that happened because it seemed surreal to me", he said at the news conference, as he marveled at the images of Starman cruising through the cosmos. The third, however, crashed into the sea at 300 miles per hour, sending shrapnel onto one of SpaceX's drone ships.
The launch generated a huge amount of interest online, and Mr Musk shared regular updates with his 18.9m followers.
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The world's first space sports vehicle is cruising toward the asteroid belt, well beyond Mars.
In the auto was a dummy called Starman at the wheel, reminiscent of Top Gear's The Stig. Instead, the auto will whiz past the Red Planet by a much larger margin than expected and zoom off out into the asteroid belt.
The Air Force also plans to use the Falcon Heavy in its Space Test Program-2 mission, which is comprised of military and scientific research satellites.
"I love the thought of a vehicle drifting apparently endlessly through space and perhaps being discovered by an alien race millions of years in the future", he said on Twitter.
Mr Musk said he hoped Tuesday's achievement would encourage a new "space race" by private ventures and other countries, an allusion to the 1960s Cold War contest between the United States and the Soviet Union.
Elon Musk's inclusion of the Roadster in the Falcon Heavy drew coverage of the launch from all kinds of publications. "Those titanium grid fins [on the Falcon side boosters] are super expensive and the production is very slow - we need them back".
SpaceX has been working hard to bring the boost stages - the lower segments of the rocket - back to Earth in controlled landings.
SpaceX is the only company in the world that's mastered this move. Its 5 million pounds of thrust are the most since the Saturn V used for Apollo moon missions in the late 1960s and early 1970s.