Space X has successfully launched Falcon Heavy Spacecraft the most powerful rocket of the world at NASA’s Cape Canaveral Air Force Station and Kennedy Space Centre, at Florida, US. The launch had been delayed by many hours due to high-speed winds recorded in the upper atmosphere.
The rocket carried a Tesla roadster-the car of SpaceX CEO Elon Musk as a mock payload and a mannequin in a spacesuit. The two boosters on the outside soon landed at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.
Falcon Heavy is the largest rocket after Saturn V booster of NASA. Latter was used for Moon missions in the 1970s. 5 million pounds of thrust was generated during takeoff which equals 18 Boeing 747 aeroplanes. Falcon has the capacity to launch 64 tonnes into low Earth orbit which is about 2 times more than the present largest launch vehicle Delta IV Heavy.
Falcon Heavy comprises three of SpaceX’s workhorse Falcon 9 vehicles tied together. The three boost stages made way back to Earth to attempt controlled landings. While the first two touched zones of coasts of Florida and made contact with the ground at virtually the same time, the third one had left with insufficient propellant to slow down its descent and thus missed its target vessel and was thus destroyed as it hit the water at 500km/hr.
SpaceX company was established in 2002 and in design, manufacturing and launching of advanced rockets and spacecraft. It was launched with the fundamental aim to revolutionize space technology. The launch has opened many avenues for future for SpaceX. Latter may consider launching much bigger satellites to be used by US intelligence and military. SpaceX CEO has proposed to send a huge batch of satellites for the delivery of broadband across the globe etc.