The Falcon Heavy in flight on Feb. 6, 2018.
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — When SpaceX launches its massive Falcon Heavy rocket Tuesday (Feb. 6), President Donald Trump was apparently watching.
In a fitting Twitter post, Trump praised SpaceX and CEO Elon Musk for the successful Falcon Heavy test flight from here at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center (KSC) as a highlight of the American progress. The rocket is the world’s most powerful booster, capable of lifting twice the load of its nearest competitor, the Delta IV Heavy rocket built by United Launch Alliance.
“Congratulations to @ElonMusk and @SpaceX on the successful #FalconHeavy launch,” Trump wrote on Twitter. “This performance, together with @NASA’ s commercial and international partners, remains American ingenuity at its best!” [In the Photo: SpaceX’s 1st Falcon Heavy Rocket Test Launch Success!]
Congratulations to @ElonMusk and @SpaceX on the successful #FalconHeavy start. This is a performance, together with @NASA ‘ s commercial and international partners, remains American ingenuity at its best! pic.twitter.com/eZfLSpyJPK
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 7, 2018
SpaceX’s first Falcon Heavy rocket lifted off from NASA’s historic launch pad 39A at the KSC, the sending of Musk’s own Tesla Roadster in the room with the mannequin “Starman” in the driver’s seat. Two of the rocket’s three first stage boosters back to Earth for a successful landing. The central core crashed in the Atlantic Ocean on 100 meters distance from the droneship landing pad when only one of the three engines to ignite in the final landing burn.
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After the launch, Musk said the Falcon Heavy launch was a great success, despite the loss of the center core. SpaceX does not plan to re-use of that booster, he added.
In December, the Trump administration directed NASA to return astronauts to the moon under the new Space Policy Directive 1. Commercial space companies and international partners will play a role in that effort, according to a note released by the White Houce Dec. 11.
In 2017, Musk, in the first instance is served on three White House advisory councils, but he stopped in May after Trump pulled the united states out of the Paris Climate Agreement. Musk served on Trump’s manufacturing jobs council and infrastructure council, as well as the chairman of the strategic and policy forum.
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