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Comic 2586 - Ep. 32, Page 122

6th Feb 2018, 8:53 PM in Episode 32 :: Save My Place | Load My Place
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smbhax 6th Feb 2018, 8:53 PM edit delete
SpaceX had a successful test launch of their new Falcon Heavy rocket: the rocket's two side boosters landed successfully, for re-useā€”the central booster, which is trickier to land, and hasn't had as much testing, didn't make it. It won't be known until Tuesday whether the rocket's test cargo, a Tesla convertible roadster with an empty space-suit sitting in the driver's seat, has successfully achieved its intended solar orbit, similar to Mars' path around the Sun.

The Falcon Heavy is twice as powerful as most powerful rocket currently in operation, and four times cheaper by cargo weight: it can "place up to 70 tons into standard low-Earth orbit at a cost of $90 million per launch." The Heavy, which is 70 meters tall, is basically three of SpaceX's Falcon 9 rockets bolted together, packing a total of 27 engines.

SpaceX is already working on an even more powerful rocket: the "Big Falcon Rocket," or "BFR" (which follows a naming convention in which the "F" stands for a different f-word...), with which they intend to be able to send space tourists around the Moon.


cattservant 6th Feb 2018, 11:49 PM edit delete reply
smbhax 7th Feb 2018, 10:23 PM edit delete reply
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