Yesterday was history in the making, SpaceX performed a demonstration of the Falcon Heavy and despite the middle core missing its targeted landzone, the outer cores successfully stuck the landing and we now have a Telsa Car in space, piloted by StarMan, orbiting earth as we speak and maybe taking a space trip to Mars.
Every time I think about Space travel or see test flights like the one held by SpaceX, I get mad that I was born too early. However, bearing witness to monumental events like these “kinda” takes the sting away. SpaceX launched its powerful Falcon Heavy rocket for the first time and it was the second most watched livestream on the YouTube platform.
What makes this event so amazing is that the Falcon Heavy now holds the title for the world’s most powerful rocket, and marks the first time a vehicle has ever been sent up by a commercial company. In fact if you go to the SpaceX YouTube channel, you can see StarMan’s journey been documented live as of this blog published date.
When I first saw that photo of StarMan gliding past Earth like that, I was blown away by how far we’ve come as a species. If humanity abandoned their wars and hatred for one another and focused all of that energy into something positive and meaningful, then who knows where we’d be in the future.
Man, I could be chilling in Mars right about now but I guess my future decendants will get to experience space travel while I watch from a far in ghost form, enviously. In case you’re curious on just how powerful the Falcon Heavy is, according to Verge:
It boasts 27 engines, more than any other working rocket has ever used, which together create a combined 5 million pounds of thrust at liftoff. That means the Falcon Heavy can put around 140,000 pounds of cargo into lower Earth orbit, more than twice as much weight as any other operational rocket.
This powerful vehicle could open up entirely new types of business for SpaceX: launching heavy national security satellites or even sending large modules or people into deep space.
So let me know how you feel about humanity’s latest accomplishments?