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SpaceX's Falcon Heavy — A look at world's most powerful rocket

The world's most powerful rocket, SpaceX's Falcon Heavy, roared into space through clear blue skies in its debut test flight on Tuesday from a Florida launch site where moon missions once began, in another milestone for billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk's private rocket service.

The world's most powerful rocket, SpaceX's Falcon Heavy, roared into space through clear blue skies in its debut test flight on Tuesday from a Florida launch site where moon missions once began, in another milestone for billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk's private rocket service. (Image Courtesy: Reuters)
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The world's most powerful rocket, SpaceX's Falcon Heavy, roared into space through clear blue skies in its debut test flight on Tuesday from a Florida launch site where moon missions once began, in another milestone for billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk's private rocket service. (Image Courtesy: Reuters)

The 23-story-tall jumbo rocket, carrying a cherry red Tesla Roadster from the assembly line of Musk's electric car company as a mock payload, thundered off its launchpad in billowing clouds of steam and rocket exhaust at 3:45 p m (2045 GMT) from the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral. (Image Courtesy: Reuters)
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The 23-story-tall jumbo rocket, carrying a cherry red Tesla Roadster from the assembly line of Musk's electric car company as a mock payload, thundered off its launchpad in billowing clouds of steam and rocket exhaust at 3:45 p m (2045 GMT) from the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral. (Image Courtesy: Reuters)

At least 2,000 spectators cheered the blastoff from a campground near Cocoa Beach, 5 miles (8 km) from the space centre. (Image Courtesy: Reuters)
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At least 2,000 spectators cheered the blastoff from a campground near Cocoa Beach, 5 miles (8 km) from the space centre. (Image Courtesy: Reuters)

Within three minutes, the Falcon Heavy's two side boosters separated from the central rocket in one of the most critical points of the flight. Then, capitalizing on cost-cutting reusable rocket technology pioneered by SpaceX, the two boosters flew themselves back to Earth for safe simultaneous touchdowns on twin landing pads at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, about eight minutes after launch. (Image Courtesy: Reuters)
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Within three minutes, the Falcon Heavy's two side boosters separated from the central rocket in one of the most critical points of the flight. Then, capitalizing on cost-cutting reusable rocket technology pioneered by SpaceX, the two boosters flew themselves back to Earth for safe simultaneous touchdowns on twin landing pads at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, about eight minutes after launch. (Image Courtesy: Reuters)

The centre booster rocket, which SpaceX had predicted was less likely to be salvaged, slammed into the Atlantic at about 300 miles per hour (483 kph), destroying two of its thrusters and showering the deck of the nearby drone landing vessel, Musk told a post-launch news conference.
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The centre booster rocket, which SpaceX had predicted was less likely to be salvaged, slammed into the Atlantic at about 300 miles per hour (483 kph), destroying two of its thrusters and showering the deck of the nearby drone landing vessel, Musk told a post-launch news conference.

Still, the Silicon Valley mogul known for self-deprecating understatement hailed the launch as a victory and "a big relief." "I had this image of this giant explosion on the pad, with wheels bouncing down the road and the logo landing somewhere with a thud. But fortunately, that's not what happened," Musk said. "Crazy things come true."
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Still, the Silicon Valley mogul known for self-deprecating understatement hailed the launch as a victory and "a big relief." "I had this image of this giant explosion on the pad, with wheels bouncing down the road and the logo landing somewhere with a thud. But fortunately, that's not what happened," Musk said. "Crazy things come true."

Going along for the ride in a bit of playful cross-promotional space theatre was the sleek red, electric-powered sports car from Musk's other transportation enterprise, Tesla Inc. The Tesla Roadster is supposed to be sent into solar orbit, on a path taking it as far from Earth as Mars. Adding to the whimsy, SpaceX planted a space-suited mannequin in the driver's seat of the convertible. (Image Courtesy: AP)
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Going along for the ride in a bit of playful cross-promotional space theatre was the sleek red, electric-powered sports car from Musk's other transportation enterprise, Tesla Inc. The Tesla Roadster is supposed to be sent into solar orbit, on a path taking it as far from Earth as Mars. Adding to the whimsy, SpaceX planted a space-suited mannequin in the driver's seat of the convertible. (Image Courtesy: AP)

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First Published on Feb 7, 2018 12:10 pm
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