SpaceX's "Starman" actually has a objective behind the wheel of that Tesla

With China Russia looming SpaceX launch is about more than Mars

In case you were wondering what SpaceX CEO Elon Musk's reaction was while launching the Falcon Heavy rocket for the first time, National Geographic captured it in a behind-the-scenes look.

"They're historically made to be simple, easy, boring, and cheap simulations", said Tommy Sanford, director of the Commercial Spaceflight Federation, in an interview. "They're intrigued enough to where they will send me updates of what's happening". Because, as he tweeted, "We're doing OK for a bunch of monkeys".

Falcon Heavy is big, he said, but SpaceX needs a rocket "way bigger than that". Elon Musk: never unstated.

"The launch is to prove out that ground simulations and computer modeling are correct - or at least mostly correct", said Sanford.

SpaceX's rocket costs $90 million. Check out the questions below and together we can all write a new story for WikiTribune. Every single pound of probe, cargo or astronaut put into low-Earth orbit (LEO) costs thousands of dollars.

Since its acquisition of Solar City, the company has also been busy fulfilling solar power and battery projects, most notably in Australia. Two out of the three boosters on this rocket were re-used, and two of the three boosters survived the return for re-use.

Shortly after the launch occurred and the Heavy and its boosters had safely and loudly touched back down to Earth, Musk posted a live feed from the Tesla, now floating out in space with an incredible view of the Earth. He's hoping that will encourage other companies and countries "to raise their sights and say, hey, we can do bigger and better, which is great".

Hernandez said she is fascinated by space and "what we can learn about it".

"It gives me confidence that BFR is really quite workable", Musk said. "Mr. Browning explained a lot about (SpaceX), that they're hiring and that nearly anyone of any age who has experience in C++ or any kind of code could help them out".

SpaceX representative John Young, a former undersecretary of defense for acquisition, told me that such systems can help quickly and relatively cheaply restore destroyed or disabled satellites.

You can watch coverage of the launch and surrounding enthusiasm on the SpaceX site. And if you don't think it's sexy to say so, then Musk has a cherry-red Tesla Roadster now flying through space with Bowie jamming on the sound system and a copy of Douglas Adams' The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy in the glove box just in case you get bored looking out the window.

"I think the new architecture, the BFR architecture, is the way to go", he said. "It blew my mind how much programming it took just to get it off the land and into the air". This hour, On Point: the future of private spaceflight.

With a bit of foresight, the Roadster - or a far cheaper object - likely could have been fitted with some data or image-collecting technology that could have been of use to astronomers.

"That's the direction they are going". High praise from a man who just sent an electric auto into space.



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