Where is Elon Musk's Falcon Heavy heading? Path REVEALED — SpaceX launch MAP

Muriel Hammond
February 8, 2018

SpaceX hits another milestone after a successful initial launch test for the Falcon Heavy rocket.

Now that the rocket has successfully lifted itself and is well on its way to the orbit, here are the five key takeaways from the successful flight of Falcon Heavy.

Overnight, SpaceX published some of its own images of the rocket's ascent and of the seemingly synchronized landing of the two side boosters at Cape Canaveral.

Musk said the idea of launching the auto into space was more for fun rather than using something "really boring like a chunk of concrete" to test the payload of a new rocket.

Using the cherry red Tesla Roadster as a mock payload, the 23-storey Falcon Heavy launched at 3:45 p.m. ET from the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral. This is a little more than the capacity of the Delta IV Heavy, which was the world's most powerful rocket so far. All three boosters - 27 engines in all - were tested. Interestingly, almost 50 years ago, NASA send men to the moon from the same launchpad.

Cheers rang out across Florida's Space Coast as thousands of spectators watched the massive vehicle fly onward. Two of the Heavy's boosters are recycled. The third is brand new and has its sights on an ocean platform.

A new rocket demonstrating flight typically carries a block of concrete with it to simulate the mass of a spacecraft. "It demonstrates his rocket can launch something heavy into space". That leaves less than an hour remaining in Tuesday's launch window.

Well, we've done it: Mankind put an environmentally friendly sports vehicle into space.

That would require in-space maneuvering which the Tesla Roadster is not equipped to do.

Falcon Heavy is scheduled to blast off from Florida's Kennedy Space Center at 18.30 GMT.

But what will people most likely remember from today? Official handles of Tesla, SpaceX and Elon Musk were sharing the proud moment in pictures of the maiden ride and it did leave the viewers completely gobsmacked. The CEO says that SpaceX is already looking at the issue, and they might have video.

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