After a long series of delays, private aerospace company SpaceX has finally conducted a successful static burn engines completely assembled and installed at the launch site Pad 39A, Kennedy Space center Florida rocket super-heavy class Falcon Heavy. The rocket engines start for a few seconds, loud pochuev, creating a huge cloud of smoke and causing a real stir among those observing the event of people who immediately began to write about it in all social media.
Static burn engines, in which occurs a short run of engines, but the rocket is not taking off is, you might say, a turning point in the way the first run of super-heavy carrier rocket Falcon Heavy (the show is, without a doubt, exciting). Despite the fact that SpaceX has not yet announced the launch date of its missiles, the reason for that is the confusion in the US government — the successful static test suggests that this event is going to happen very soon.
The carrier rocket Falcon Heavy superheavy class is a result of the program, the company SpaceX to create reusable rockets. In fact the rocket consists of the first three stages of the launch of medium-class Falcon 9, combined together, and an additional second stage. Length Falcon Heavy is 70 meters. The rocket is equipped with 27 Merlin engines capable of producing when lifting more than 5 million pounds of thrust, according to SpaceX, the equivalent of 18 Boeing 747.
After the withdrawal of payload into orbit three main boosters is scheduled to return to Earth and land gently, as has happened several times with the boosters of a rocket of the middle class Faclon 9. The start-up success is not guaranteed, and this he frankly admitted the head of SpaceX Elon Musk, who said that the launch might fail. And even if they are successful, it is not guaranteed that the missile will be able to reach the desired orbit.
Very interesting is the selection of the payload for the first launch of the carrier rocket Falcon Heavy. Usually, in such cases as cargo, simulating a payload, use concrete blocks or heavy metal structure, but with the Falcon Heavy anyway, and this role came personal electric Tesla Roadster Elon musk, who, if the startup succeeds, will fly to conquer space somewhere near to Mars, circling around the red planet under the song of David Bowie’s Space Oddity, the release of which took place 5 days before the launch of the spacecraft “Apollo-11” and 10 days to as Neil Armstrong and buzz Aldrin first stepped on the moon.
I’d love to hope that during a SpaceX launch will be broadcast live. And it might look like the actual launch of the Falcon Heavy, you could see established company in 2015 demo video below.