Most powerful rocket soars into space


Tuesday's launch took place at NASA's Cape Canaveral Air Force Station and Kennedy Space Center in the U.S. state of Florida, the spot also used for the Apollo 11 moon mission and several space shuttle launches. That final burn appears to have happened overnight, above California.

It appears that Billionaire and Space X owner Elon Musk's latest experiment of sending a roadster auto into space has gone wrong.

"You can tell it's real because it looks so fake, honestly", Musk said Tuesday night.

Elon Musk got his wish with the successful launch of SpaceX's Falcon Heavy launch vehicle into orbit, creating some incredible images.

"It didn't have enough propellant", said Mr Musk, adding that it plunged into the ocean about 100m away from its landing point.

But Musk was more interested in talking about what SpaceX will build next.

In the near future, "most of our engineering resources will be dedicated to BFR, and I think that will make things go quite quickly", he said. CRAIG BAILEY, FLORIDA TODAY via USA TODAY NETWORK Crowds of people line the beaches of Cape Canaveral and Cocoa Beach to watch the launch of the SpaceX Falcon Heavy.

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Falcon Heavy's pair of side boosters were more graceful, sticking their landing in near-perfect unison at NASA's Kennedy Space Center. SpaceX's webcast showed the Tesla Roadster soaring into space, as David Bowie's Space Oddity played in the background - with the words "don't panic" visible on the dashboard, in an apparent nod to the sci-fi series The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy.

SpaceX CEO Elon Musk called the launch a "big relief" after he had previously claimed there was only a 50 percent chance of liftoff for the rocket.

SpaceX does not, however, plan to certify the Falcon Heavy to fly humans.

Cameras mounted on the vehicle fed stunning video of the convertible floating high above the ocean with its driver, a space-suited dummy, named "Starman" after the Davie Bowie song. Robinson works for SpaceX, and says "I'm just extremely proud of my teammates!" There is, of course, the Falcon Heavy itself. The third, which was supposed to land on a drone ship out at sea, crashed into the water at 300 miles per hour after only one of its three landing rockets fired.

He says he doesn't believe the auto will last any longer than a year due to the radiation.

Yesterday's exciting and admittedly risky launch, SpaceX says, could mean game over for its private space company rivals.