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February 5-11, 2018 / Vol 37, No 6 / Hawai`i Island, USA

2 Feb 2018, 20:25 UTC
February 5-11, 2018 / Vol 37, No 6 / Hawai`i Island, USA
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SpaceX Falcon Heavy Debut and a Multi World Civilization

Falcon Heavy maiden launch is set for February 6 at Kennedy Space Center Launch Pad 39A, Cape Canaveral FL, which hosted Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin Apollo 11 mission to the Moon. With 3 cores, 27 Merlin engines in the first stage generating 22,819 kilonewtons thrust, Falcon Heavy is considered the most powerful rocket since NASA Saturn V. It will be capable of carrying 63,900 kg for ~US$90M, twice as much mass as its nearest competitor, Delta IV Heavy, which launches for $400M. SpaceX plans to land the center core on “Of Course I Still Love You” drone ship in Atlantic Ocean. The other 2 cores will attempt to simultaneously touch down on ground in a first-of-its-kind engineering feat. Falcon Heavy will endeavor to loft a dummy payload, one of founder and CEO Elon Musk personal Tesla Roadsters, to a Hohmann transfer orbit that could take it near Mars. Falcon Heavy could potentially send NASA Europa Clipper mission to Jupiter or launch James Webb Space Telescope compared to SLS at ~$1B per launch. Falcon Heavy could also launch 16 metric-ton payloads to Mars and smaller payloads to Pluto. Future plans include ...

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