Falcon Heavy
Demo Flight 1 (Maiden Flight)

Falcon Heavy | Demo Flight 1 (Maiden Flight)

SpaceX launch of a Falcon Heavy Rocket

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SpaceX was scheduled to launch a Falcon Heavy rocket as part of the Demo Flight 1 (Maiden Flight) mission. The launch window for the Test Flight mission was on Tue, Feb 6th, 2018, 1:30 PM EST from Launch Complex 39A, Kennedy Space Center, FL. The status of the launch was Success with a 90% chance for favorable weather conditions. Don’t miss this exciting rocket launch! Watch the launch video of the Falcon Heavy and experience the excitement for yourself. The first stage of the Falcon 9 failed to land on the ASDS, OCISLY, stationed of the east coast. According to CEO Elon Musk the center core did not have enough ignition fluid to restart the two outer engines during its final approach to the ship. As a result, the center core was destroyed when it impacted the water at over 480kmh merely 100 meters from the droneship.The strap on booster landed successfully at Landing Zone 2 in unison with its sibling booster.The strap on booster landed successfully at Landing Zone 1 in unison with its sibling booster.

Mission

Demo Flight 1 (Maiden Flight)

This will be the inaugural flight of the Falcon Heavy. The test payload will be SpaceX CEO Elon Musk's midnight cherry Tesla Roadster playing Space Oddity. Destination: An elliptical, heliocentric orbit. Apoapsis: Around Mars' orbital distance.

Location

Launch Pad Compass (Beta)

Launch Complex 39A, Kennedy Space Center, FL

Kennedy Space Center, FL, USA

Rocket

Falcon Heavy

The Falcon Heavy is a variant of the Falcon 9 full thrust launch vehicle and will consist of a standard Falcon 9 rocket core, with two additional boosters derived from the Falcon 9 first stage.

SpaceX

Space Exploration Technologies Corp., known as SpaceX, is an American aerospace manufacturer and space transport services company headquartered in Hawthorne, California. It was founded in 2002 by entrepreneur Elon Musk with the goal of reducing space transportation costs and enabling the colonization of Mars. SpaceX has many pads, on the East Coast of the US they own SLC-40 at Cape Canaveral and LC-39A at the Kennedy Space Center for their lower inclination launches. They also own SLC-4E at Vandenberg, California for their high inclination launches. Another site is also being developed at Boca Chica, Texas.

The first stage of the Falcon 9 failed to land on the ASDS, OCISLY, stationed of the east coast. According to CEO Elon Musk the center core did not have enough ignition fluid to restart the two outer engines during its final approach to the ship. As a result, the center core was destroyed when it impacted the water at over 480kmh merely 100 meters from the droneship.

Failed landing after Falcon Heavy Demo.

Of Course I Still Love You (OCISLY)

The second ASDS barge, Of Course I Still Love You (OCISLY) services launches in the Atlantic Ocean and was the site of the first landing of a SpaceX Falcon 9 first stage during CRS-8, the launch of a Dragon spacecraft to the International Space Station.

Autonomous Spaceport Drone Ship (ASDS)

An autonomous spaceport drone ship (ASDS) is an ocean-going vessel derived from a deck barge, outfitted with station-keeping engines and a large landing platform. Construction of such ships was commissioned by aerospace company SpaceX to allow for recovery of rocket first-stages at sea for high-velocity missions which do not carry enough fuel to return to the launch site after lofting spacecraft onto an orbital trajectory.

The strap on booster landed successfully at Landing Zone 2 in unison with its sibling booster.

Converted to side booster for Falcon Heavy, retired after FH Demo.

Landing Zone 2 (LZ-2)

LZ-2 Pad located at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station at the previous LC-13. Directly next to LZ-1

Return to Landing Site (RTLS)

A return to landing site usually means that after stage separation the booster flips and does a burn back towards the launch site landing near where it initially launched from.

The strap on booster landed successfully at Landing Zone 1 in unison with its sibling booster.

Falcon 9 booster B1023 is a first-stage reusable rocket booster for the Falcon 9 orbital launch vehicle manufactured by SpaceX. B1023 became the second successful return from a GTO launch, and later became the first booster to be reflown after being recovered from a GTO launch.

Landing Zone 1 (LZ-1)

LZ-1 Pad located at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station at the previous LC-13

Return to Landing Site (RTLS)

A return to landing site usually means that after stage separation the booster flips and does a burn back towards the launch site landing near where it initially launched from.

Crew

Starman

Starman

Space Traveller - Earthling

"Starman" is a mannequin dressed in a spacesuit occupying the driver's seat of Elon Musk's Tesla Roadster, launched to an heliocentric orbit on Falcon Heavy's inaugural launch.

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