Falcon Heavy Rocket Flies Like an Eagle – courtesy of Stratfor

by Marilou Moursund on February 7, 2018

in Space exploration

The SpaceX launch of its Falcon Heavy rocket yesterday is very exciting news for the future of space exploration.  From the linked Stratfor article:

SpaceX’s process of disrupting the space industry remains long and prosperous. The private company has successfully launched its Falcon Heavy rocket, sending its “payload” spacecraft, which in this case carries founder Elon Musk’s personal midnight cherry-colored Tesla Roadster, on the path to its Earth-Mars orbit around the sun. SpaceX is far and away the leader of the space exploration private sector, having seized on a distinctive, multi-pronged strategy to increase the frequency of its launches while driving costs down. The company has taken advantage of industry competition to negotiate lower costs for its materials, while at the same time utilizing savvy techniques to retool and sometimes completely reuse various rocket designs and models.

With the Falcon Heavy’s development and launch, SpaceX has again applied its money-saving ethos to make industry strides. Instead of designing a new rocket from scratch, the company has essentially strapped together three of its smaller Falcon 9 launch vehicles to achieve the level of power needed to allow the payload it is carrying — Musk’s Roadster — to escape Earth’s gravitational pull. SpaceX competitor United Launch Alliance uses a similar technique for its Delta IV Heavy rocket.

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