But it's probably better to spend on grandiose Musk visions than trust our basic quest of survival of the species, perhaps still the most intelligent in our part of the Universe till today. David Bowie's "Life on Mars" was playing in the background, obviously. The significance, however, lies in the boy from South Africa who came to the USA via Canada realising his wildest dreams in building an aerospace exploration firm that can deliver launches with the heaviest rocket in history at about one-tenth what it costs Nasa, perhaps more economical than Isro's user-friendly satellite launch costs.
Musk noted that SpaceX used only internal funds to finance the Heavy, investing more than $500 million in developmental costs. Whatever our dreams of exploring the final frontier might be, the economics simply don't make sense when it costs that much. Its payload - a full-size sports vehicle apparently sent up as a lark - is destined to reach Mars in six months, and then orbit around the sun.
"Tbh with every launch or space station video there's always a UFO sighting on the video". Saturn V, which was retired in 1973, could carry a payload of 118 tonnes to LEO.
SpaceX launched a test of its Falcon Heavy rocket on Tuesday, and Justin Browning's high school computer science class watched a livestream of the event in the Trojan Academy. Like the pioneering launch of the economical Electron rocket by New Zealand startup RocketLab last month, this breakthrough is paving the way for a space industry where private enterprise calls the shots.
Tesla lost $1.96 billion for the full year, a record for the company and almost three times its loss of $675 million in 2016. This gives the Falcon Heavy the ability to achieve nearly 23,000 kN of thrust at sea level, and close to 25,000 kN in space. According to his statements following the Falcon Heavy's success, the second stage of the BFR could take to the skies as early as next year.
Musk says Tesla is closing in on its goal of producing a whopping 5,000 Model 3 sedans per week. When Falcon Heavy was first announced back in 2011, Musk said it could fly within the next couple of years.
Others believe that the rocket's boosters, two of which reentered the Earth's atmosphere and landed safely, were responsible.
They didn't stop there.
Shortly after the launch occurred and the Heavy and its boosters had safely and loudly touched back down to Earth, Musk posted a live feed from the Tesla, now floating out in space with an fantastic view of the Earth. The Falcon Heavy is price-listed at $90 million, a bargain in the business of rockets.
SpaceX does not, however, plan to certify the Falcon Heavy to fly humans. Following their second flight, the world watched via livestream as they made a ideal synchronised landing at Kennedy Space Center.
"It gives me a lot of faith for our next architecture", Musk said on Tuesday night, after the launch of Falcon Heavy.