Falcon Heavy & Starman

Falcon Heavy & Starman

When Falcon Heavy lifted off, it became the most powerful operational rocket in the world by a factor of two. With the ability to lift into orbit nearly 64 metric tons (141,000 lb)—a mass greater than a 737 jetliner loaded with passengers, crew, luggage and fuel–Falcon Heavy can lift more than twice the payload of the next closest operational vehicle, the Delta IV Heavy, at one-third the cost.

Following liftoff, the two side boosters separated from the center core and returned to landing site for future reuse.

Falcon Heavy put a Tesla Roadster and its passenger, Starman, into orbit around the sun. At max velocity Starman and the Roadster will travel 11 km/s (7mi/s) and travel 400 million km (250 million mi) from Earth.

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76 Responses

  1. NovA says:

    the editing was on point , perfect to music , whoever did that great job

  2. Endyo says:

    Inspiring and amazing, as always. Never change SpaceX.

  3. Smish Pattu says:

    The dawn of a new space age.

  4. satya karthik says:

    *made on earth by humans*

  5. Dr. Bananable Lector says:

    Wow that’s the first footage I’ve seen of the core booster crash.

    • P J says:

      @Gary (why these comments don’t nest properly is beyond me) They’ve talked about (and done) this before, using one engine requires more fuel and a longer burn. They ran out of the fluid used to light the other two, hence they didn’t fire as expected.

    • Merecir says:

      Gary, the normal procedure is to light three engines initially, but then when the speed is low enough it only needs one to land.

    • Gary Reed says:

      Merecir – I knew about the 3 engines for the reentry burn, but this is the first time they tried a 3 engine landing burn.
      PJ – OK, the shorter burn time makes sense, although there is also probably a smaller margin of error due to the higher rate of deceleration. Hopefully, they are more successful on the next try.

    • GlanderBrondurg says:

      +Gary Reed: The reason for the 3 engines is because the rocket core (aka the lower stage center part) was moving so fast and to conserve the tiny little bit of fuel left after getting the rest of the rocket into position to head to the Mars orbit, it simply needed three engines to fire simultaneously before landing. Keep in mind that it continue to burn for nearly a minute after the other two parts of the rocket were already headed back to the launch pad.

      This is simply physics, and one of the issues of spaceflight where even small differences add up to a whole lot even over a comparatively short period of time. It really needed three rocket engines firing during the final burn in order to slow it down enough to do a proper soft landing. As you can see from this video, when that rocket finally got close to the landing barge, it was still moving insanely fast.

      Also keep in mind that is a structure as tall as a ten story building. The scale of these rockets is really mind boggling, and to think you can get something like a water tower or skyscraper to be moving at supersonic speeds and then within under a minute be completely stopped and at rest on the top of a ship….. that is an amazing accomplishment to even suggest it could be done at all at any level of probability of success. SpaceX got freaking close, and I’m quite confident that the next Falcon Heavy launch is going to nail the landing.

    • CptMikeTango says:

      Hey! The legs never deployed!

  6. True Vision says:

    The event of decade. No less but even more.

    • bruno alves says:

      Nah, the first booster landing is still a bigger achievement.

    • Freddy Bell says:

      bruno alves no its not. Two at one is much harder. So is three boosters launching into orbit together.

    • bruno alves says:

      It’s not about being harder, it’s about the significance that it had and what it meant for space exploration. This would never be possible if SpaceX hadnt perfected the booster landings. At the time, that was a much bigger deal than the Falcon Heavy is now, besides, the Falcon Heavy is just a temporary rocket before the BFR, when the BFR actually launches then that will be SpaceX biggest achievement.

    • bruno alves says:

      Sure it wasn as spectacular as this, but it meant more for space exploration than this launch

    • Kijou says:

      Unitl the BFR… but I guess thats in the 2020s but still within a decade from now. We are only 6 years away from people landing on Mars if nothing goes wrong!

  7. Wellington Smith says:

    Elon, you’ve given hope to a generation. bless you

  8. Osman Durmush says:

    What a song?

  9. AntVenom says:

    SpaceX, to everyone involved, thank you for doing what you’re doing. The benefit of your actions stretch far beyond the call for humanity to become inter-planetary. You’re inspiring an entire generation to think in bold new ways. You’re not only pushing the boundaries of human exploration, but of human imagination as well. The effects of your efforts today will shine on for centuries. From one human being to another, to many others, and for many others, I thank you. We thank you.

  10. NeedsMoreBoosters says:

    Man, this really made me smile. Powerful and beautiful, and perfectly synced. I was tearing up.

  11. MusiCanines - The Musical Dogs says:

    I can barely wait for the BFR!

    • Mateus says:

      MusiCanines – The Musical Dogs I didn’t do any part osf this awesome machine, but when I read “Made on Earth by humans” I felt proudly…

    • TheAtom says:

      Yeah, only a year or so until they start testing it hopefully. I wont be holding my breath though. BFR construction & development could take longer & SpaceX has had their share of delays the past few years.

  12. FREQQLES says:

    1:11 Finally got to see the failed return. Thanks for releasing that footage.

    • Stupid Porcupine says:

      Well SpaceX even made a booster crash compilation and it’s wonderfuly edited

    • Julian Waters says:

      Vibration of the antennas induced by surface mount oscillations on the barge hamper propagation of signal and prevent video transmission. Of course, the cameras work fine: the transmission does not. Elon Musk at the press conference immediately following the launch stated that the center core was lost on impact. The live broadcast crew received audio from the control center but were likely hesitant to announce a successful landing or failure based on preliminary information. SpaceX is a private company and does not operate on taxpayer money: rather, it has received government subsidies which it will pay off as the company reaches financial solvency. There is a difference. Additionally, they receive government contracts for payload launches, which falcon heavy was not. You seem to be quick to point fingers without fully understanding the situation or doing complete background research.

    • Brent Shaffer says:

      cocacolaracing – First off this camera feed was not tapped into the live video system. This was an alternate angle, 90 degrees away from the primary camera. Second, who cares that the hosts played it off (lied.) They obviously didn’t know what to say, since it is probably up to Elon or other company reps to decide on disseminating that information (which Elon did release on Twitter, the same day.) As for Public Trust – they are a private company, on a privately funded flight, with Zero obligation to release this footage. While NASA does pay for some flights with Dragon, and has paid some money into the Dragon2 development, much of the money has come from commercial flights, and private funding. And even, hypothetically, if it was taxpayers money, nearly all rocket companies receive taxpayers money to develop & maintain rocket systems. Why is it so terrible for SpaceX to receive taxpayer money? How dare they innovate?

    • Joshua Walker says:

      The camera is always working, the problem is that the satellite connection to get *live* footage isn’t always stable. When a rocket is trying to land on the ship, the antenna dish gets bounced around and can’t point to the right spot for a little bit.They had to go to the ship to retrieve the video. I’m also sure that SpaceX wanted to review the footage before they had a bunch of captain armchairs try tell them what the failure mode was.

    • MX304 says:

      The cameras that often “fail” are the live streaming cameras. It the streaming signal that is disrupted a lot of times. They have many other fixed cams that have footage that isn’t retrieved until later.

  13. Andrey2km says:

    Это! Просто! Охуенно! (Илон, за мат извини)

    • Fill Liny says:

      кстати, кроме русских в комментах тут никто не матюкался. великое воспитание)

    • Jonathan says:

      согласен, особенно концовка,где написано :” сделано людьми на Земле”

    • Andrey2km says:

      да мы такие)

    • Fill Liny says:

      мне кажется этим не стоит гордиться, а держать это в своём сарае или что там у вас

    • Andrey2km says:

      в халупе) но если внимательно посмотрите видео, то и сам Маск не сдержал эмоцию)

  14. Soumak Nandi says:

    This isn’t just space. This is history.

  15. Smoke Away says:

    #1 on trending here we come!

  16. Pranay Pathole says:

    I can watch it a 100 times?

  17. elzeus13 says:

    SpaceX has the best GoPro videos.

    • GlanderBrondurg says:

      They are literally out of this world. And I think I’m using the word literally in the proper context too.

  18. SlavjanA says:

    *Made on humans by Earth*

  19. x50 says:

    1:11 RIP center core

  20. Air Command Rockets says:

    Finally a view of the center core! 1:11

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