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Space X : A New Space Race

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In 1903 man took flight for the first time. In 1969 one small step for man and one giant leap for mankind was made, and in 2017 Space X set the bar for reusable rockets. On Tuesday, February 6, 2018 Space X test launched the Falcon Heavy at Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The Falcon Heavy was expected to have a 50/50 chance of success. The 23 story tall rocket was equipped with two boosters and one core with 27 engines capable of producing 5 million pounds of thrust at liftoff.

The maiden voyage successfully landed the Heavy’s two self-landing reusable rocket boosters, and launched the payload of a Tesla roadster with a dummy sitting in the passenger seat, along with a track of David Bowie’s Space Oddity playing. Elon Musk said that the Roadster is  “just going to be out there in space for maybe millions or billions of years. Maybe discovered by some future alien race thinking what the heck, what were these guys doing? Did they worship this car? Why do they have a little car in the car? And that’ll really confuse them.”

In a press Conference Space X founder and CEO Elon Musk stated that “we want a new space race… Space Races are exciting” Perhaps Space X will really start up another space race. The Falcon Heavy will dramatically decrease the cost of space flight, after all the Falcon Heavy can carry twice the capacity and is a fourth of the price of America’s biggest existing rocket the Delta 4 Heavy.

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