After years of delays and a final pre-launch test, Elon Musk’s Falcon Heavy has finally launched, officially making it the world’s most powerful operational rocket.
Musk’s 2008 Tesla Roadster was on board as its payload, rather than humans, due to doubts over whether the rocket would blow up upon launch or not. The Falcon Heavy took off from a launch pad at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center.
The video above shows the entire launch process (skip to 29:45 for the actual take off). If you’ve got questions about the launch or the rocket itself, head over to our hub that explains everything you need to know about the Falcon Heavy.
Following its launch, the Tesla will run laps in a hyperbolic orbit, located between the sun and Mars. The two flanking boosters have already successfully returned to Earth, landing in perfect synchronized formation. The main booster, however, appears to have been lost.
Talking to reporters, Elon Musk said: “[It] seems to have gone as well as one could have hoped with the exception of center core. The center core obviously didn't land on the drone ship.”
President Donald Trump was quick to congratulate Musk and SpaceX on the launch, with the CEO replying in a civil manner.
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