SpaceX launches Falcon Heavy, world's most powerful rocket into space

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The launch marks a dramatic shift in the way space science is being pioneered in the U.S. Long the domain of the National Aeronautics and Space Agency (NASA), the federal government's space program, private companies are now helping to drive space exploration and innovation. So...what's up with that?

Tesla is now planning to produce 2,500 Model 3 cars weekly by the end of the first quarter. Who is Elon Musk? But there's so much more to this story.

SpaceX - Tesla's sister company - launched company founder Elon Musk's personal all-electric red Roadster into the great unknown.

It was heralded as a "game changer" by Musk himself and watched the world over.

Well first, space is awesome, and there is an infinite amount of knowledge to learn from it. SpaceX put a camera in Starman's Roadster so that we can follow his journey in space, and Musk even revealed that the voyager is wearing a fully functional spacesuit.

He said: "I think it's going to open up a sense of possibility".

This is the real progress for the planned SpaceX rocket, called BFR.It would be the biggest rocket ever launched, far bigger than the Falcon Heavy.

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GETTYSpaceX launch The Falcon Heavy will deliver a Tesla Roadster into orbit around the planet Mars

The SpaceX Falcon Heavy launched from Pad 39A at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, on February 6, 2018, on its demonstration mission. The Federal Aviation Administration licensed the launch.

Can't get enough? Check out the 30-minute video, below, from SpaceX.

"There is a part of the commercial market that requires Falcon Heavy", SpaceX president Gwynne Shotwell told the Los Angeles Times previous year. "We've done everything we could to maximize the chance of success for this mission".

This rocket, which is the heaviest launch vehicle in the SpaceX fleet (and the most powerful operational rocket in the world right now), is not only central to the company's vision of reusable rockets, but also to Musk's long-term vision of sending humans to Mars.

Also, during yesterday's conference, Musk expressed concern about the second stage of the rocket, which spent five hours parked in the Van Allen Belt before it restarted its Merlin engine for the third time to escape Earth's gravity.

The initial plan was to have the Roadster head toward Mars orbit. This is due to the fact that this maneuver only makes sense when Earth and Mars are at the closest points in their orbits to each other - aka. when Mars is at opposition. The good news for Elon Musk is, the FAA made a decision to approve the payload, which consists of Musk's 2008 midnight cherry red Tesla Roadster with a "Starman" dummy at the wheel. The message at the centre of the dashboard read "Don't Panic".

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