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5 facts about SpaceX founder Elon Musk

5 facts about SpaceX founder Elon Musk

After years of waiting and months of delays, SpaceX finally launched the Falcon Heavy rocket into the skies of Florida yesterday.

Thousands of onlookers in Florida could be heard cheering on the company's livestream, which was viewed by about 3 million people.

After personally inspecting the boosters, Musk said SpaceX will be able to reuse them if it wants.

The rocket's smooth takeoff wasn't the only stunning thing about this launch.

" Last pic of Starman in Roadster on its journey to Mars orbit and then the Asteroid Belt", tweeted Elon Musk on Wednesday. They cut back through the Earth's atmosphere and landed in unison at a Kennedy Space Center landing pad. Bezos wished Musk luck on Twitter before Tuesday's launch. After the Falcon Heavy successfully flew into the sky, it detached its twin boosters, and instead of simply letting them crash into the ocean somewhere, SpaceX managed to land both boosters safely and almost simultaneously.

One of Musk's key takeaways from the Falcon Heavy's successful flight? But for now, SpaceX is planning for all crewed deep space missions, moon included, to be launched on BFR. They even fit a mannequin in a SpaceX suit, placed him in the front seat and dubbed him Starman.

"We continue to target weekly Model 3 production rates of 2,500 by the end of Q1 and 5,000 by the end of Q2", the letter said.

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Vehicle and Starman now their way towards Mars' orbit. "Jeff Bezos puts billions a year into Blue Origin (his spaceflight company) with no expectation of showing profit any time soon".

After it became apparent he wouldn't make it to Mars, it was reported Starman would be headed for an asteroid belt hundreds of millions of miles away.

Just like the world's most powerful rocket, SpaceX's Falcon Heavy, the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) too has been working on the reusable rocket stages that would reduce mission costs. The core rocket is supposed to land on an unmanned barge positioned in the Atlantic, but as of this writing the success of that stage of the launch has yet to be confirmed.

Musk said he plans to begin testing the BFR with "short hops" next year at SpaceX's Texas launch site.

For several years, there has been widespread speculation that Musk could step down from Tesla by 2020 to focus on his private rocket-ship company, SpaceX.

Though it won't deliver quite the thrust of a Falcon Heavy, it will blast out a jaw-dropping 7,400 pound-feet of torque, Musk promised last autumn, more than six times as much as the new Bugatti Chiron, one of the world's fastest cars, and launch from 0 to 60 in just less than two seconds. That honor belongs to NASA's Saturn V rocket, which was used for the Apollo moon landings and was retired in the 1970s.


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