Feb 06 2018
Eventually, it's meant to send spacecraft to the moon, Mars and beyond.
Last month it was claimed a USA spy satellite launched aboard a SpaceX rocket spectacularly failed to reach orbit and crashed into the Indian Ocean. If all goes according to plan, the rocket will send its odd payload - Musk's own red Tesla Roadster- out to Mars orbit this afternoon.
That same year, SpaceX began regular cargo missions to supply the astronauts living in space with its gumdrop-shaped Dragon cargo ship, launched atop the Falcon 9 rocket, under a $1.6 billion contract with NASA. To properly test the rocket there needs to be something in there, and in many cases a dummy mass or a heavy weight is used. He's striving to put the vehicle into a perpetual solar orbit reaching out as far as Mars, the focus of all his rocket efforts as he aims to establish a city there in years to come.
However, Space X has competition from other private companies such as Blue Origin - the space company launched by Amazon founder Jeff Bezos - which is aiming to launch its New Glenn rocket in 2020, and from Boeing which is developing Nasa's Space Launch System. The rocket has 2 Falcon 9 rocket mounted on it.
The ambitious launch will see the colossal 27 engine Falcon Heavy rocket blast off into space, making it the most powerful rocket operating on, and off, Earth.
Scheduled to liftoff from Florida's Space Coast in Cape Canaveral, Falcon Heavy will also look to make history by landing three core engines shortly after liftoff.
Because this is the maiden flight of the rocket, Musk has made a decision to risk his old cherry-red Tesla roadster as the payload.
Only NASA's Saturn V rocket, which carried six crews - and three electric cars - to the moon nearly 50 years ago, could deliver more payload to orbit. The Falcon Heavy launch will be streamed on the SpaceX site.
"It's guaranteed to be exciting one way or another", Musk told reporters at Monday's press conference.
7 minutes, 58 seconds: The two side boosters (the ones that detached first) are expected to guide themselves to a landing.
However, Musk reasserted that there is a good chance the test launch will fail.
That opens up a whole range of business opportunities for SpaceX, which has been leading a new era of spaceflight in which companies - not just governments - drive the industry forward.
Feb 03 2018
UT Medical reports six deaths from flu in January
Given the prevalence of influenza this year, there is little doubt that Bowdoin will continue to be affected. Alchohol-based hand rubs also do a good job of killing off the harmful bacteria and flu-causing virus.
Feb 01 2018
April the Giraffe makes her Super Bowl pick
That said, Foles is coming off a game for the ages that has given the Eagles offense a new sense of confidence. Another teammate broke up an interview to joke around with Blount and film it with his phone.
Feb 01 2018
Mario Kart Tour coming to mobile next year
When it does arrive, we anticipate a wildly popular reception, considering how popular the Mario Kart franchise is as a whole. Locking tracks behind a paywall might not make great sense as it would discourage players from sticking with the game.
Jan 31 2018
First Blue Moon Total Lunar Eclipse in 150 Years happening Wednesday morning
According to NASA , the ideal location for viewing , weather permitting, is along the west coast, Alaska, and Hawaii. Paul Borchardt with the Milwaukee Astronomical Society said it's something we'll never see again in our lifetime.
Jan 29 2018
The White House's Welcome Proposal on Immigration
Chain migration, a popular term among conservatives, is considered a misnomer by immigration activists. Susan Collins, a moderate Republican from ME , said on CBS' "Face the Nation".
Jan 27 2018
Trump's tariffs will damage shoppers, employees
Solar panels have become so cheap that they now account for only between a quarter and a third of the cost of solar electricity. Analysis also shows that utility scale solar will be hurt more than residential solar because their margins are much tighter.
Jan 26 2018
Armenia's opponents in first-ever UEFA Nations League revealed
But the other League A groups are not as interesting: Iceland, Switzerland and Belgium in A2, Poland, Italy and Portugal in A3. When all games have been played, the four group-winners in Leagues B , C and D will gain promotion to the the league above.
Jan 26 2018
Woods launches comeback with even par round at Torrey Pines
He faces really tricky chip from some very thick rough with the green running away from him and executes it perfectly. He was delighted to be there after saving par at the par-five finishing hole on the South Course .
Jan 26 2018
Coverage and Reactions of the Euro Exchange Rate Complex — ECB Meeting
The advance came after the weekly EIA inventory data showed a drawdown in USA crude stockpiles for the tenth straight week. The central bank expects them to remain there "well past" the end of its quantitative easing programme.
Jan 26 2018
LG Says its Next Flagship Smartphone (LG G7?) is on Schedule
Sony is also reportedly coming with their next-gen flagship Android smartphone at the upcoming MWC 2018 . It's official! Samsung has sent out press invites for its highly-anticipated Galaxy S9 launch event.
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