SpaceX says the fly your own passenger ‘around the Moon’
SpaceX is set to make a historic announcement, the reveal of the first private passenger to fly around the Moon on one of his spaceship.
In February, SpaceX’s Elon Musk, successfully launched one of the largest and most powerful spacecraft the world has ever seen: the Falcon Heavy rocket.
“I feel dizzy and happy, actually,” Musk commented before the first flight on Feb. 6. “I’m super-confident we have done everything we can to achieve maximum success of this mission.”
When the Heavy lifted off from Launch Complex 39A at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, was the most powerful operational rocket in the world “by a factor of two,” SpaceX said.
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But Musk is now busy with perfecting the art of SpaceX’s other monster rocket, known as the Big Falcon Rocket (BFR). Here is a look at the giant spaceship, which will eventually replace the Falcon 9 and the Falcon Heavy, as well as the Dragon spacecraft.
Big Falcon Rocket
Elon Musk first announced the BFR in September, 2017.
The BFR, which was first announced in September 2016, is a two-stage reusable spacecraft system that weighs 9.7 million pounds and capable of taking a 330,000 pound payload to Mars, and a lower orbit around the Earth. The reusable 387-foot rocket has its own passenger ship.
Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa, 42, says that he will invite six to eight artists, architects, designers and other creative people on a multi-day journey to circumnavigate the moon.
Maezawa said the BFR rocket will make the trip in 2023.
When Falcon Heavy lifts off on Feb. 6, it will be one of the most powerful missiles in the world, Musk says.
It’s called “Heavy” for a reason.
The total mass of the Falcon Heavy, which Musk dubs “the most powerful operational rocket in the world” and a total “beast” is 3.1 million pounds.
“With the ability to lift into orbit to the almost [141,000 pounds] – a mass of more than a 737 jetliner loaded with passengers, crew, luggage and fuel – Falcon Heavy can lift more than two times the charge of the closest operational vehicle, the Delta IV Heavy,” according to SpaceX.
The Falcon Heavy has three first-stage boosters, tied with 27 engines. The stretch of 40 metres at the base and are 230 metres long, it is a Heavy triple dose of the Falcon 9, the company, the frequent flyer who has just a single booster.
At the launch, the Heavy pack on about 5 million pounds of thrust. That is approximately equivalent to 18 Boeing 747 aircraft, SpaceX comments.
In a historic move, Musk, who also runs electric car maker Tesla, are placed cherry Tesla Roadster on the Heavy’s first flight. No car has ever rocket into the space, if you don’t count NASA’s Apollo-era moon buggies.
Musk plans to eventually use the Heavy lifting people, super-sized satellites and other heavy equipment in the area. And, one day, he hopes to witness from the carry crew of astronauts to the moon, Mars and beyond.
View of the SpaceX Launch Control. Apparently there is a car in an orbit around the Earth. pic.twitter.com/QljN2VnL1O
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) February 6, 2018
“In one mode, Falcon Heavy can send a fully loaded Dragon to Mars or a light Dragon to Jupiter’s moons,” Musk tweeted in September 2015. “Europa mission [would] be cool.”
During the South by South West (SXSW) festival in Austin, Texas in March, Musk told a crowd he enivisions test flights of a Mars spaceship next year. The rocket ship is expected to make it to the Red Planet is the BFR, which will feature a refreshed design over the Heavy, with a single system with a booster and a ship.
Musk, however, warned first voyages to Mars may result in death.
“For the beginning of the people who go to Mars, it is much more dangerous. It reads like (Ernest) Shackleton’s ad for the Antarctic explorers: Difficult, dangerous, chances are that you will die,” Musk said. “Excitement for the ones that survive.”
Falcon Heavy by the numbers:
Height: 229.6 feet
Width: 39.9 m
Weight: 3,125,735 pounds
Price: $90 million
The Falcon 9 is named after the nine first-stage engines.
The Falcon 9, named after the nine engines, is much smaller than the Falcon Heavy. The two-stage rocket, which made its debut in June 2010, was designed to transport satellites and the Dragon (see below) cargo capsule safely in orbit.
On Dec. 23, 2008, SpaceX was awarded a $1.6 billion Commercial Resupply Services contract with NASA’s Commercial Orbital Transportation Services program, a contract for 12 cargo trips to the International Space Station (ISS).
One of the Falcon 9 is the best qualities is the affordability. The reusable spacecraft was designed for “maximum reliability.”
“Falcon 9 is a simple two-stage configuration minimizes the number of separation events,” SpaceX explained. “And it can be safely his mission, even in the case of an engine shutdown.”
Falcon 9 by the numbers:
Height: 229.6 feet
Diameter: 12 metres
Weight: 1,207,920 pounds
Price: $62 million
The Dragon spacecraft was developed for the cargo runs.
The Dragon rocket is the smallest spacecraft of the forest. It was designed to be the load.
In fact, in the Dragon capsule made history in 2012. It was the first commercial aircraft ever cargo aboard the ISS and successfully make a trip back to the Earth.
However, SpaceX engineers are making improvements to the rocket so that it ends up more than just the charge.
“On the basis of an agreement with NASA, SpaceX is now developing the refinements which enable Dragon to fly crew,” SpaceX says. “Dragon’s first manned test flight is expected as early as in 2018.”
Dragon by the numbers:
Height: 23.6 meters
Diameter: 12 metres
Weight: 13, 228 pounds
Price: Not listed
The Associated Press and Fox News’ Chris Ciaccia, contributed to this report.
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