Yesterday in Cape Canaveral SpaceX’s big new rocket tookoffits first test flight with a red sports card intended for an endless ride to Mars and past.
With the flight the Falcon Heavy became the most powerful rocket in use today.
The three boosters and 27 engines roared to life at Kennedy Space Center, as thousands awaited in the nearby beaches, bridges and roads to watch the rocket soar, which was delayed more than two hours because of the high wind.
On the eve of the flight, Musk told reporters the company had done all it could to maximize success and he was at peace with whatever happens: success, “one big boom” or some other calamity.
The Heavy is made for massive satellites, like those used by the U.S. military and major-league communication companies.