SpaceX sends rocket to Mars for just $90M

SpaceX sends rocket to Mars for just $90M

The presence of a second drone ship will give SpaceX much more flexibility in plotting out future Falcon Heavy launches and recoveries, with it then possible to have the side boosters land at sea simultaneously. Instead of a gentle glide, it slammed into the ocean at around 300 miles per hour, just over 300 feet from the floating platform. The SpaceX founder and CEO took to the social networking site to answer questions and discuss his latest feat, the launch of the Falcon Heavy, and ended up promising to eat his hat. The two engines did not fire because they ran out of ignition fluid, Musk said. According to Musk, the core didn't have enough ignition fluid to light the two outer engines of the booster for its final approach to the ship. "Fix is pretty obvious".

SpaceX's first Falcon Heavy rocket soars into space on February 6, 2018 after a successful debut launch from NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida. He tweeted that the addition of A Shortfall Of Gravitas would also support busier flight schedules for Falcon 9. All three are named after spacecraft featured in Scottish author Iain M. Banks' "Culture" novels. The latter is based at Port Canaveral and returns Falcon 9 boosters to facilities near the port for post-launch checkouts.

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While answering questions he also revealed that the next droneship SpaceX will make will be called "A Shortfall of Gravitas", this one will join "Of Course I Still Love You" and "Just Read the Instructions". SpaceX has another drone ship with metal arms meant to catch the payload fairing, costing about $5 million, before they fall into the ocean and are lost to the depths. You can see a picture of it here.

SpaceX's rocket costs $90 million.

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The Falcon Heavy is now the world's most powerful operational rocket, capable of lifting 141,000 pounds of cargo into low-Earth orbit - the same as about 10 adult African elephants. SpaceX could try to capture a falling Falcon rocket fairing sometime this year, he added.

This saving is due to the fact that the boosters from the SpaceX rocket can be recovered and reused. Hispasat 30W-6, a commercial communications satellite, will be boosted to a geostationary transfer orbit.

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