February 6th, 2018.
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What is SpaceX?
SpaceX designs, manufactures and launches advanced rockets and spacecraft. The company was founded in 2002 to revolutionize space technology, with the ultimate goal of enabling people to live on other planets.
Crazy things can come true. I didn’t really think this would work. When I see the rocket liftoff, I see a thousand things that could not work. And it’s amazing when they do.
After SpaceX launched its powerful triple-booster Falcon Heavy, all eyes were on Starman, the mannequin
“driving” Elon Musk’s personal Tesla Roadster toward Mars.
It was a striking sight in so many ways, for its ambition and for the haunting vision of that solitary figure leaving us behind. What wasn’t well known at the time, though, was that Starman wasn’t the Teslas’ only cargo: also stashed in there were two tiny, data-packed discs that held the entire Foundation sci-fi trilogy written by Isaac Asimov. What these discs were and why they were there is jaw-dropping.
This rocket is
“kind of a big deal”
SpaceX has launched rockets before, but the Falcon Heavy is the company’s largest one to date. Tuesday’s launch was the first attempt at sending it with a payload into space.
SpaceX has embraced the ups and downs that come with pushing rocket technology forward. Last year, the company posted this video, titled “How Not to Land an Orbital Rocket Booster”, on its YouTube channel. It’s basically a highlight reel of rocket booster failures — aka lots of explosions.
An early goal for SpaceX was the development of a system of reusable rockets. For decades one of the largest cost factors behind rockets was that they had to be built anew for each launch. Musk compared it to if airplanes had to be discarded after one flight.
SpaceX focused on how to return its rockets to Earth and make a controlled landing. Last year, SpaceX did just that when the company late sci-fi author Iain M. Banks. floating in the Atlantic. The drone ship’s name is “Of Course I Still Love You”, in tribute to the
Including that first landing, SpaceX has landed 21 Falcon 9 boosters back on Earth.
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