SpaceX's Timelapse Of The Falcon Heavy Launch With Starman Aboard


This past February Space X launched their Falcon Heavy rocket with a Tesla Roadster onboard.  As added touches, they had it playing David Bowie's “Space Oddity” in an endless loop, with an LCD displaying a “Don’t Panic” message. On the driver's seat, they had a mannequin in an astronaut's suit going by the name of “Starman”.

When Falcon Heavy lifted off, it became the most powerful operational rocket in the world by a factor of two. With the ability to lift into orbit nearly 64 metric tons (141,000 lb)—a mass greater than a 737 jetliner loaded with passengers, crew, luggage and fuel–Falcon Heavy can lift more than twice the payload of the next closest operational vehicle, the Delta IV Heavy, at one-third the cost. …Falcon Heavy put a Tesla Roadster and its passenger, Starman, into orbit around the sun. At max velocity Starman and the Roadster will travel 11 km/s (7mi/s) and travel 400 million km (250 million mi) from Earth.

SpaceX also created this incredible timelapse video showing the entire process featuring footage of the cheering crowd, an unfortunate crash of the center core, and more!

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