OT: SpaceX Falcon Heavy launch today

OT: SpaceX Falcon Heavy launch today

The rocket will generate more than five million pounds of thrust.

SpaceX's stream will feature several HD cameras broadcasting from the launchpad, the Falcon Heavy itself and from inside of SpaceX's mission control.

The video below is a replay of the live webcast.

"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 AFP. Not too bad when compared to the next most powerful rocket, the Delta IV Heavy, which runs about $350 million per launch. In the shadow of the largest single story-building in the world, NASA's towering Vehicle Assembly Building, and in front of the agency's iconic ticking countdown clock, onlookers gasped as cloud plumes quietly billowed out from beneath the Falcon Heavy.

The 230-foot (70-meter) tall rocket is created to carry almost 141,000 pounds (64 metric tonnes) into orbit, more than the mass of a fully loaded 737 jetliner.

"Starman in a Red Roadster", Musk posted on Instagram Monday, showing the rocket's payload on a pedestal, aiming skyward.

That might be a pretty big "if".

"It is going to be an exciting success or even an exciting failure".

It's precisely the same height, and its central booster looks the same.

Of course, there's a chance this rocket doesn't make it to orbit.

NASA is also working on the Space Launch System, a rocket created to eventually take humans to Mars.

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When are they launching it and how do I see?

So far, SpaceX has safely recaptured first-stage boosters after 21 of its 40-plus Falcon 9 launches. We'll add the live feed to this page once it becomes available. The launch is now schedule for today at 3:45 p.m. EST. Eastern time. It was postponed from 1:30 p.m.as a result of high-altitude winds. A lot. The rocket could explode before launch, potentially destroying the launch pad, which could take up to a year to fix.

The rocket manufacturer is keen to send its new spacecraft design on its maiden test flight with a launch window pencilled in for later today.

"Of course, anything boring is awful, especially companies, so we chose to send something unusual, something that made us feel".

"The weather is looking good, the rocket is looking good", he said. "So we kind of tabled the Crew Dragon on Falcon Heavy and focusing our energies on BFR".

If successful, the Heavy will be the most powerful operational rocket in the world.

Regarding SpaceX's core business, it is less significant than if the company first announced it seven decades ago because of improvements the company made to the Falcon 9. During the launch, David Bowie's hit "Space Oddity" would play in the vehicle, SpaceX founder and CEO Elon Musk said.

Elon Musk isn't sending any buses. The auto will be released into a "hyperbolic orbit".

On board the rocket that's now headed for orbit around the Earth is Musk's personal Tesla roadster.

"It'd be a real huge downer if it blows up", Musk said during the teleconference.

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