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The best photos and videos of SpaceX's Falcon Heavy launch

09 February 2018

Musk's original "midnight cherry" Tesla Roadster was mounted on the nose of the rocket with a dummy named STARMAN sitting inside.

All 27 Merlin engines firing together at liftoff produce 5.1 million pounds of thrust, capable of carrying 140,660 pounds into low earth orbit. Once fully cleared for action, the Falcon Heavy will work with massive satellites with its most likely partners being the US military and major communication companies, according to A.P.

The Falcon Heavy consists of three Falcon 9s, which is now the rocket SpaceX uses to transport supplies from Earth to the International Space Station.

"I mean, it's a unsafe trip, you want to look good", Musk said.

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"That is the actual production design, the real one looks just like that ... that's the real deal ... it took us three years to design that spacesuit, it was real hard".

SpaceX - and the space community in general - is notoriously loose with deadlines.

"Apparently, it hit the water at about 300 miles per hour and took out two engines on the droneship", Musk said. It ended up taking almost seven.

Tesla Inc. posted a record quarterly net loss of $675 million in the fourth quarter, up from a net loss of $121 million in the same period a year ago. The United States hasn't been able to send humans to space since the Space Shuttle program ended in 2011, relying on other nations to get our astronauts to the International Space Station. Both SpaceX and Boeing faced delays.

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So, for now, "it's all hands on deck for Crew Dragon", Musk said.

SpaceX is also developing another deep space rocket that will rival the power and payload capabilities of the SLS, code-named the "BFR", which stands for Big Falcon rocket. So maybe that's what he meant: maybe the Falcon Super Heavy would be in fact the Big Falcon Super Rocket.

Musk's roadster floating through space with the space-suited mannequin behind the wheel is the last of SpaceX's achievements this week, even though probably the least important.

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