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.