Spacex's Falcon Heavy rocket set for launch

A cherry red Tesla Roadster owned by Elon Musk is set to be fired into space on SpaceX's Falcon Heavy rocket.

'We estimate it will be in that orbit for several hundred million years, maybe in excess of a billion years. That's three years after the late rocker penned "Ground Control to Major Tom" for "Space Oddity".

Elon Musk's is scheduled for launch on February 6, and the entire space industry is watching with anticipation.

Regardless of its test flight status, the launch has generated a media buzz and crowds that haven't been seen at the Cape since the Shuttle program ended in 2011. Huge crowds are expected for the afternoon launch from Kennedy Space Center.

The entrepreneur, who made his seminal fortune as one of the four men behind PayPal, has been aggressive about pursuing new forms of transportation here and in outer space. Additionally, the Red Planet is the place where the controls of the Falcon Heavy are set for.

"No company has ever launched a private payload beyond geostationary orbit before", Berger said, referring to an orbit roughly 22,500 miles above Earth.

"NASA may decide to use it (the Falcon Heavy) as a way of fast-tracking its plans to get to the Moon and Mars", Erik Seedhouse, assistant professor of applied aviation sciences at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, told Agence France-Presse.

SpaceX has been in the lead for some time.

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The next most powerful rocket, the Delta IV Heavy, can put about half as much in orbit for four times the price.

The head of key unions at Space Florida, Dale Ketcham said that it has been some time since he's seen such an energy from the group. The scale of these satellites is limited by current rocket performance. A single engine propels stage two into orbit.

Officials from Blue Origin and OneWeb declined to comment for this report. Amazon's Jeff Bezos, the force behind Blue Origin, offered Musk "best of luck" Monday. That powerful launcher is on track to start flying in the 2020s, company representatives have said.

Navy Lt. Phillip Chitty, a SOCom spokesman, said the command will consider all options for satellite launches, including commercial companies.

If you have space-obsessed friends, you might have heard the words "Falcon Heavy" used a lot lately. Informing more about the heavy rocket, this is created to carry more than twice the lifting capacity of any existing launcher. They make minute movements to help steer the rocket towards the landing pad - a bit like how skydivers can change direction with little gestures of their hands.

Still, the Sunshine State is up to the challenge, Ketcham said.

And Musk has thrown in a branding stunt with this launch.

Speaking at the World Government Summit Mr Musk said: "They're probably already observing us, that would seem quite likely, and we're just not smart enough to realise it". An explosion would damage the launch centers pad, delaying another flight for at least eight months. That system was unveiled by Musk at the International Astronautical Congress in Mexico in September 2016 and updated at the same conference a year later in Australia.


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