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SpaceX Falcon Heavy Test Launch Was A Resounding Success With A Few Hiccups

Falcon Heavy Launch.SpaceX/Flickr

By and large, the launch of the Falcon Heavy rocket by SpaceX, the most powerful rocket to ever take off was a huge success. There were a few minor hiccups, however, including the fact that the core failed to land on the drone platform and the Tesla Roadster going a bit further than initially projected. None of these take away from the fact that Elon Musk’s private space company has taken a major step towards real interstellar travel.

In a Tweet shortly after the successful event, Musk notes that the third burn for the launch was a success, which involves his Roadster getting propelled into outer space. However, it did exceed Mars’ orbit and is currently heading towards the Asteroid belt.

For those who might be worried that the car will end up as space debris after getting pounded by the space rocks, the asteroids in the belt are actually considerably far away from each other. As such, the electric car is still likely to pass Mars as it orbits the sun.

As experts have also explained, the fact that the payload overshot its trajectory is less of a concern right now. The whole point of the launch was to test the viability of the Falcon Heavy to actually take off, in the first place.

The fact that it did is already a huge win for SpaceX. Everything after that was just icing on the cake.

The more important focus of the company now is what it will do for the future. The private space entity is now expecting demands for bigger payloads and more frequent launches to ramp up, The Verge reports. In characteristic Musk fashion, the CEO said that production for the parts to make this happen is already in place, which means that SpaceX is ready to serve.

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