Last week SpaceX launched Falcon Heavy into space. It was only a test flight, but it lit the imagine of millions of people and gave a glimpse of where space travel is headed. In this episode, we gush a little about Elon Musk and SpaceX.
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SpaceX Show Notes
- The “failed” Zuma launch, Loren Grush, The Verge
- Falcon Heavy Has A 50-50 Chance of Success -Musk, ERIC BERGER, Ars Technica
- Government Shutdown Was Going To Delay The Launch, Swapna Krishna, Engadget
- Two standard Falcon 9’s
- One specialized “Core”
- A second stage
- Payload to Low Earth Orbit is 140,700 lb
- 230 ft Tall
- White and Black
- 9 Merlin Engines per booster (27 total)
- 1,700,000 lbf
- One Tesla Roadster and a spaceman
- A Saturn 5 Comparison
- The Simultaneous Landing of Two Falcon 9’s
- Lost the Core at Sea, only one of the three necessary engines fired
- The failures are more energizing than the successes
- Overshot mars with the car, but still, screaming success
Why it’s important:
- Inspiring kids
- Testing out the falcon Heavy
- The largest booster in production (And it’s nutty cheap)
- Military launch missions
- The BFR
- Moon Trips With the Dragon Capsule
- Mars And the nascent space race, Aylin Woodward, Futurism
- Flame throwers?