March 23, 2018

Elon Musk Says SpaceX's Mars Rocket Could Launch in Early 2019

12 March 2018, 02:29 | Max Haynes

Courtesy of Matt Lief Anderson HBO

Courtesy of Matt Lief Anderson  HBO

Falcon Heavy is able to send object on the Earth orbit at prices by 66% lower than its #1 competitor, the Delta IV Heavy. Falcon Heavy has launched the Elon Musk's Tesla Roadster and the Starman to their journey in the outer space. In an accompanying tweet, Musk made it clear that the feat was performed to inspire: "Life can not just be about solving one sad problem after another". "There needs to be things that inspire you, that make you glad to wake up in the morning and be part of humanity", Musk addressed the Austin, Texas crowd. That's why we did it. It's a great little piece of myth-making - not surprising, considering it was put together by Jonathan Nolan, co-creator of HBO's visionary Westworld. (Read into that what you will, he said.) Musk wants to see the rocket take short flights up and down in the first half of next year. "This is not a movie trailer". This is not a TV show trailer.

"We are building the first ship, or interplanetary ship, right now", Musk said during a surprise Q&A session at South by Southwest.

Nolan, who was at ground control with Musk during the SpaceX launch, wanted to express how he felt "the only way he knew how", and ended the panel with three-minutes of footage that was captured that day.

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SpaceX's BFR rocket system is considered to be the successor to Falcon Heavy, and it's current design would use a total of 37 Raptor engines (31 on the booster rocket, and 6 on the spacecraft) that could possibly deliver twice the boost of a Saturn V rocket.

The images ranged from the awestruck crowds, to the rocket launching out of Earth's atmosphere, to the auto floating freely in space - all set to Bowie's eponymous "Life On Mars".

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