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Demo (Test Flight)

Falcon Heavy

SpaceX

Launch Status
Success

Crew

Starman

Starman

Status: Active
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Nationality: Earthling
Type: Non-Human
First Flight: 2/6/2018
Last Flight: 2/6/2018

"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.

Mission

Demo Flight 1 (Maiden Flight)

Type: Test 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.

Mission patch for Demo Flight 1 (Maiden Flight)

Location

Launch Complex 39A

Kennedy Space Center, FL, USA

210 rockets have launched from Kennedy Space Center, FL, USA.

Launch Complex 39A, Kennedy Space Center, FL, USA

Rocket

Falcon Heavy – SpaceX

Family: Falcon
Length: 70 m
Diameter: 12.2 m
Launch Mass: 1400 T
Low Earth Orbit Capacity: 63800 kg

The Falcon Heavy was manufactured by SpaceX with the first launch on 2018-02-06. Falcon Heavy has 4 successful launches and 0 failed launches with a total of 4 launches. The Falcon Heavy is a variant of the Falcon 9 full thrust launch vehicle and consists of a standard Falcon 9 rocket core, with two additional boosters derived from the Falcon 9 first stage.

Landing

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

Landing Zone 1 – LZ-1

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

Return to Launch Site – RTLS

A return to launch 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.

Agency

SpaceX

Type: Commercial
Abbreviation: SpX
Administration: CEO: Elon Musk
Founded: 2002
Launchers: Falcon
Spacecraft: Dragon
Country: USA

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 operates from many pads, on the East Coast of the US they operate from SLC-40 at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station and historic LC-39A at Kennedy Space Center. They also operate from SLC-4E at Vandenberg Space Force Base, California, usually for polar launches. Another launch site is being developed at Boca Chica, Texas.

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