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Falcon Heavy Test Flight

Following its first test launch, Falcon Heavy is now the most powerful operational rocket in the world by a factor of two. With the ability to lift into orbi...

Demo Flight 1 (Maiden Flight)

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Overview

Destination: Heliocentric N/A
Mission: Test Flight

Heliocentric N/A Launch Complex 39A Kennedy Space Center, FL, USA Probability: 90%
B1025 - Landing Zone 2 B1023 - Landing Zone 1 B1033 - Of Course I Still Love You

This will be the inaugural flight of the Falcon Heavy. The test payload will be SpaceX CEO Elon Musk's midnight cherry Tesla Roadster playing Space Oddity. Destination: An elliptical, heliocentric orbit. Apoapsis: Around Mars' orbital distance.

Falcon Heavy

Family: Falcon
Configuration: Heavy

The Falcon Heavy is a variant of the Falcon 9 full thrust launch vehicle and consists of a standard Falcon 9 rocket core, with two additional boosters derived from the Falcon 9 first stage.

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Specifications
  • Stages
    3
  • Length
    70.0 m
  • Diameter
    12.2 m
  • Fairing Diameter
  • Launch Mass
    1400 T
  • Thrust
    22819 kN
Family
  • Name
    Falcon Heavy
  • Family
    Falcon
  • Variant
    Heavy
  • Alias
  • Full Name
    Falcon Heavy
Payload Capacity
  • Launch Cost
    $90000000
  • Low Earth Orbit
    63800 kg
  • Geostationary Transfer Orbit
    26700 kg
  • Direct Geostationary
  • Sun-Synchronous Capacity

Booster Info


B1025

Status: Inactive


Type: Strap-On Booster
Flight Proven: Yes
First Flight: July 18, 2016
Last Flight: February 6, 2018
Flights: 2
Landings Attempted: 2
Landings Successful: 2
Previous B1025 Flights

Landing Information

The strap on booster landed successfully at Landing Zone 2 in unison with its sibling booster.

Result: Successful Return to Launch Site landing at Landing Zone 2.

B1023

Status: Inactive


Type: Strap-On Booster
Flight Proven: Yes
First Flight: May 27, 2016
Last Flight: February 6, 2018
Flights: 2
Landings Attempted: 2
Landings Successful: 2
Previous B1023 Flights

Landing Information

The strap on booster landed successfully at Landing Zone 1 in unison with its sibling booster.

Result: Successful Return to Launch Site landing at Landing Zone 1.

B1033


Type: Core
Flight Proven: No
First Flight: February 6, 2018
Last Flight: February 6, 2018
Flights: 1
Landings Attempted: 1

Landing Information

The first stage of the Falcon 9 failed to land on the ASDS, OCISLY, stationed of the east coast. According to CEO Elon Musk the center core did not have enough ignition fluid to restart the two outer engines during its final approach to the ship. As a result, the center core was destroyed when it impacted the water at over 480kmh merely 100 meters from the droneship.

Result: B1033 did not land successfully.

Tesla Roadser


In-active Cargo Crew On-board: 1 Crew Capacity: 2
Destination: Heliocentric Orbit
Serial Number: TSLA 10

Elon Musk's Tesla Roadster is an electric sports car that served as the dummy payload for the February 2018 Falcon Heavy test flight and became an artificial satellite of the Sun. "Starman", a mannequin dressed in a spacesuit, occupies the driver's seat. The car and rocket are products of Tesla and SpaceX, respectively, both companies founded by Elon Musk. The 2008-model Roadster was previously used by Musk for commuting to work, and is the only production car in space. The car, mounted on the rocket's second stage, acquired enough velocity to escape Earth's gravity and enter an elliptical heliocentric orbit crossing the orbit of Mars. The orbit reaches a maximum distance from the Sun at aphelion of 1.66 astronomical units (au). During the early portion of the voyage outside the Earth's atmosphere, live video was transmitted back to the mission control center and live-streamed for slightly over four hours.

Tesla Roadster Details

Crew


Starman

Space Traveller - Earthling - ( SpX )

Status: Active

Date of Birth: None
Age: None

SpaceX

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CEO: Elon Musk Founded: 2002 Successes: 186 Failures: 9 Pending: 80

Agency Type: Commercial

Space Exploration Technologies Corp., known as SpaceX, is an American aerospace manufacturer and space transport services company headquartered in Hawthorne, California. It was founded in 2002 by entrepreneur Elon Musk with the goal of reducing space transportation costs and enabling the colonization of Mars. SpaceX operates from many pads, on the East Coast of the US they operate from SLC-40 at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station and historic LC-39A at Kennedy Space Center. They also operate from SLC-4E at Vandenberg Space Force Base, California, usually for polar launches. Another launch site is being developed at Boca Chica, Texas.

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