Falcon Heavy liftoff!

Falcon Heavy liftoff!

This footage is going to be on a lot of documentaries.

This was an amazing moment in history. Watching the boosters land was also amazing.

That gif without sound gave me chills and made me a little teary eyed. Can’t wait to get home and watch all the footage, including the boosters landing.

Imagine having so much money you where just like fuck it I’m gonna shoot a car into space. I can’t even afford to throw a toy car in the air.

Most of what you see around the pad is steam. The engines create a lot of noise and heat. The water tower you see next to the launch pad holds all the water that is released into the flame trench during launch and it turns to steam. The rocket engines themselves don't leave much of a plume.

If Elon killed a guy then that was the best disposal of a corpse in history.

Payload was extremely light for the rocket so thrust to weight ratio was probably much higher.

It's not having so much money, it's more to do with R&D. This was just a test flight to prove that the rocket is successful. And it's also part marketing and advertisement, putting a car into space will get a lot more attention than just firing a empty rocket into space.

I'm surprised there's so little smoke in the exhaust plume once the rocket leaves the ground? Is this normal?

Not really, NASA put an SUV sized rover on mars a few years ago. Go watch the animation on that and prepare to be amazed.

Seemed like this launch was quite a bit quicker off the ground than others I've seen. Is this due to the sheer power of the rocket?

That is so fucking cool

Sound suppression system using water to dampen the acoustic energy. If they weren't there the sound alone would rip the launchpad and rocket apart.

Is there a video anywhere of the boosters landing?

Also they don't have to worry about liquefying any astronauts.

My brain can't comprehend that this isn't a CGI clip from a sci-fi flick. Amazing.

A private company have finally overtook NASA. Elon Musk is a legend.

Same here. Unsure why, but the gravity of what is happening is just blowing me away.

Most powerful launch vehicle fully designed and built by a private aerospace company. Currently the highest capacity rocket operational today. The rocket is carrying an electric car built by another company also owned by the same guy. All three parts of the first stage (booster and center core) are designed to land autonomously and be fully reusable. SpaceX is the first and only company to accomplish that, and they do so regularly with Falcon 9 launches. Both boosters landed simultaneously on the launch pad. I think that's a first as well. No word on the center core yet, but presumed lost. The cost per launch is expected to be really cheap compared to other vehicles in its class, partly because of the reusability, partly because SpaceX has already gotten good at making them cheap. The second stage is to be launched into into a (sort of) Mars transfer orbit after passing the Van Allen belts. Only "sort of" because the aphelion simply reaches Mars orbit, it doesn't actually intersect with it and is thus unlikely to reach Mars anytime soon. Demonstrates that it is Mars-capable, which will be a first for a private company. Did I mention that he launched his own car into space?


The system includes a 290-foot-high water tank filled with 300,000 gallons of water, and it empties in 41 seconds during a launch.

"We replaced six 48-inch valves that had reached the end of their service life," said NASA test director Steve Payne. "We ran through a systems test to make sure everything was in proper working order. We got the results back and everything seems to have gone just right."

Can't wait for high resolution images of 0:21-0:23, that view is amazing. That smoke below and rocket up.

Your userpage is...interesting. Hope you grow up some day.

It's pretty cool what our species is able to accomplish.

I was alive for that. I still am, but I was as well.

give it long enough and plenty will be calling it cgi in the youtube comments

Ignorant question of the day: What's with the small towers surrounding the launch pad that seem to be spraying water?

They’re not even worth the pixels to quote them.

do you get emotional over anything?

some people just get excited man


without sound suppression, and yes - the vibrations from the sound can destroy parts of the rocket or the pad.

That would have been genius.

Elon Musk is a genius.


Here's how I see it:

If you just won an Olympic medal, you call up your dad immediately and tell him about it.

If you crashed your dad's car into a tree, you wait a while before you bring it up. You have to explain it eventually, but not right away.

That’s a bit of an overstatement. NASA is on a different path.

Falcon heavy is a long way away from being man rated (edit: human certified), which is a big NASA priority.

shuttle's main engines

The fuel they use is liquid oxygen and RP-1, which is essentially a highly refined kerosene. If the engines run very clean and efficient, the byproduct would in theory only be water and carbon dioxide. RP-1 is very similar to jet fuel.

As others have stated, what you are actually seeing when the Falcon Heavy launches is steam from the water deluge system. That system is designed to both cool the launch tower and to deaden the noise from the rocket engines, which is powerful (loud) enough to actually shake the rocket and tower apart as it leaves the ground.

Other launches you may have seen, such as the space shuttle, use solid fuels in boosters. The actually burned very cleanly because they ran on liquid oxygen and liquid hydrogen, the byproduct of burning was pure water.

But, the solid rocket boosters ran on Ammonium perchlorate composite propellant, the byproduct of which included hydrogen chloride, which is an acid. That acid caused humidity in the air to condense, leading to the very thick and visible contrail behind those boosters as they flew.

Oh I'm sure it happened as the live stream was running.

Is that really true? Because that's amazing if it is.

Watching the live from Spain with my father really gave me a strong feeling of connection and emotion I have never experienced, when the two Falcon landed seemed like unreal, we were screaming and cheering, and hearing the people in the streaming doing the same was something else, like we are here doing history together

I've been binge watching old History Channel shows about the Apollo program. Absolutely amazing feat of engineering.

The core booster failed to land, and likely went straight into the ocean.

Imagine being smart enough to build rockets that shoot cars into space, cars which you build to use the energy from solar panels, solar panels which you build to collect the energy of the sun, the sun which you build to...

*callously throws toy car in the air in front of you*

I then turns out that he didn't attach the support struts correctly, he forgot the aerodynamic nose-cone, and that the two side rockets are attached too far down. (I hope someone gets this joke)

Acording to the folks over /sub/enoughmuskspam this was only a stupid marketing ploy for tesla with an useles rocket...

Faith in humanity restored. Thank you Elon for everything that you do.

Putting really heavy stuff into orbit just got way cheaper which will be a paradigm shift for the entire industry. It will allow for business models to be successful that wouldn't have been profitable otherwise.

I believe they put an enormous wheel of cheese as the first Falcon 9 test payload.

It's kind of traditional to send up whimsical payloads for tests.

I wonder how big those mains are that release the water. Any idea on the size of the tank or flow of water?

I wonder how many times people tried launching rockets until they tried using water as a sound suppressor.

On account of it used solid propellant boosters which produce large exhaust plumes.

He forgot to turn on S.A.S.


I got a little too .

I actually hope we get to see enough BFR lift offs that it becomes redundant, much like falcon 9 booster landings.

I'm 100% certain this was all a test so when he dies he can send his body on the same trip

Because it used solid rocket boosters, and the fuel in those leaves a very thick smoke plume. Falcon burns kerosene and so not much smoke.

So what happen to the core booster? They should know by now?

No, it's all fake NASA CGI created to cover up the fact that the Earth is actually shaped like a rubber duck!

The best thing I've done in KSP is sent three satellites to the sun. They don't even really do anything they just have some mystery goo and some other random science things.

~ note: I'm terrible at KSP

Can someone explain to me the significance of this liftoff?

Third first stage booster apparently hit the water roughly 100 meters from the barge at about 500 km/h... Enough to take out two thrusters and shower the deck with shrapnel.

Elon was giggling when telling the journalists at the press conference. XD

Dummies lives matter

Something something gravity blown away....

The competing ULA rocket "SLS" will cost 1 billion dollars per launch, the rocket is destroyed after use.

The SpaceX Heavy shown here has comparable lift capabilities and costs about 100 million per flight and is reusable, so likely costs even less to SpaceX.

So other than the hype, space got cheap, alot cheaper. And if SpaceX keeps this up, even cheaper later with the BFR.

Using the consequent to prove the antecedent...

The equivalent to the fake moon landing claims

Why did the Space Shuttle always have a massive exhaust plume?