on the SpaceX Falcon Heavy launch


Ed Fonseca

It was Feb. 6 when private aerospace manufacturer and transport company Space X tested their newly developed rocket named Falcon Heavy. The space rocket consisted of a spacecraft payload, three rocket cores, and 27 engines that could give off a very powerful thrust, giving the whole structure the title of the most powerful operational rocket in the world. The February 6 rocket was a flight test to see if a successful space travel to orbit the moon or Mars would be successful if humans were on it in the future, and with a 50-50 chance, the launch was a success along with most of its cores landing back on Earth with equal success aside from one crashing into the Atlantic Ocean.

While the Falcon Heavy launch was big a big buzz itself, the accessory it brought with it was a bigger talk. CEO and lead designer of SpaceX, Elon Musk, decided to spice things up in an unusual way, putting his personal cherry red Tesla Roadster and a test dummy passenger wearing a SpaceX branded spacesuit. This made the whole Falcon Heavy testing a big deal to Musk and the people that were watching because it was an economical possibility for future space travel that included human passengers and his businesses would continue to prosper from the development in rockets. Not a lot of fellow RBHS students were paying attention, but the story already made some people intrigued.