Elon Musk’s SpaceX will experiment with the first test launch of its Falcon Heavy rocket later today, February 6th, 2018.
The payload of the rocket will contain nothing other than a cherry red Tesla Roadster – Musk also owns Tesla, another revolutionary company that’s changing how the world does things – and hope to complete its mission successfully.
Information About The Launch – Time, Date, Etc.
Falcon Heavy is roughly 230 feet – 70 meters – tall, and is slated to be the world’s strongest rocket, if it works, that is.
The payload – a red Tesla Roadster – will be equipped with top-notch, high-definition cameras, hoping to transmit high-quality photos of the stars and heavens back to planet Earth.
SpaceX’s experimental rocket will, if it launches today, head out anywhere between 1:30 to 4:00 p.m. Eastern. Experts believe today’s weather at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center will be 80 percent likely to yield a safe launch.
If today doesn’t have nice enough conditions, Falcon Heavy will have a 70 percent chance of permitting weather to test its initial voyage out.
What The Initial Voyage Of Falcon Heavy Will Consist Of
If the test run of Falcon Heavy is successful, the following will happen.
After the rocket launches – hopefully it leaves Earth’s orbit, but humans aren’t perfect, exactly – it will leave planet Earth’s atmosphere and head towards the sun for a gravity boost.
Following Falcon Heavy’s skyrocketing around our galaxy’s big, bright, ever-burning star, it will head towards Mars in hopes of orbiting the red planet.
What’s Actually Going To Happen Today, February 6th, 2018
The purpose of today’s test is to see if the Falcon Heavy rocket will actually enter orbit. SpaceX’s megarocket is composed of 27 engines, all of which will ignite simultaneously immediately following the launch controller’s signal. These engines were successfully test fired just hours ago, staying online for 10 seconds prior to powering down.
The Significance Of SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy Rocket
Falcon Heavy is so powerful that it will be able to bring more than 19,000 pounds’ worth of payloads to space. It is slated to have more lift capacity than any rocket launched in United States spacecraft history, at least since the launch of Apollo Saturn V, which was used between 1967 and 1973.
Further, SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy is slated to be the very first major spacecraft to travel to Mars. Although humans have placed rovers on the surface of the red, rocky, inhospitable planet, we’ve never sent major spacecrafts like Apollo Saturn V or, in today’s case, SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy.