Falcon Heavy | Flight Animation
When Falcon Heavy lifts off later this year, it will be the most powerful operational rocket in the world by a factor of two. Thrust at liftoff is equal to approximately eighteen 747 aircraft operating simultaneously.
If you missed the SpaceX/NASA rocket launch that included an attempted landing of the first stage rocket on a drone ship, here’s the spectacular video of the amazing, but not entirely successful landing. More info here.[tweet https://twitter.com/SpaceX/status/556131313905070081] [tweet https://twitter.com/elonmusk/status/555981841476227072/photo/1] [tweet https://twitter.com/elonmusk/status/556105370054053889]
The SpaceX Dragon launch this morning was delayed due to a malfunction in a mechanical actuator involved in the second rocket stage prior to launch. The next possible launch time is Friday at 5 am. The mission involves a delivery to the International Space Station (including lots of science!), as well as the potentially history-making attempt to land the first stage rocket on a ship in the Atlantic Ocean![tweet https://twitter.com/NASA/status/552424872098664448] [tweet https://twitter.com/NASA/status/552431461991997441] [tweet https://twitter.com/NASA/status/552426056431726593] [tweet https://twitter.com/elonmusk/status/552437001291841539]
In addition to taking a science-heavy payload to the International Space Station, this SpaceX launch will also be a first attempt to land its Dragon rocket on a ship in the ocean! Get more info and watch live here![tweet https://twitter.com/elonmusk/status/552182273865699328]
An experimental test of the reusable Falcon 9R rocket by SpaceX malfunctioned Friday, resulting in a self-detonation of the rocket.
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Debris from the unmanned SpaceX Falcon 9 Reusable (F9R) rocket, which self-destructed less than 20 seconds after launch, rained down from the flames onto an open field outside of McGregor.
A hitch turned up during launch, and the “flight termination system automatically terminated the mission,” SpaceX said in a statement.
“Thursday’s event included a dramatic unveiling of the new spacecraft, which stood about 15 feet tall, with a rounded, cone-shaped top. At one point, Musk even went inside and sat in one of its four reclined seats.”
“One big upgrade from earlier models is that Dragon V2 will be reusable, which will cut down on costs and open up opportunities for humans to explore. Thanks to propulsion and other technology to slow its re-entry into Earth’s orbit and control its descent, Musk said the spacecraft should be able to land most anywhere much like a helicopter.”