SpaceX intends to revolutionize the space race to accelerate the exploration of the solar system. To realize this ambition, the company owned by Elon Musk is testing a reusable heavy-load launch rocket called Falcon Heavy. And the launch of SpaceX Falcon Heavy last week, just his second trip to space, has been immortalized with a series of snapshots that underlie the formidable power of the spacecraft.
Remote cameras placed on launch pad 39A at NASA's Kennedy Space Center show the launch of SpaceX's Falcon Heavy rocket on Thursday night.
The Falcon Heavy was propelled into the skies with more than 5 million pounds of thrust.
The triple-core rocket, propelled by Merlin's 27 main engines, was sent at high speed over the Atlantic Ocean with the Arabsat 6A communications satellite on board.
The launch last week was only the second for Falcon Heavy, and the first flight of the SpaceX launcher for a paying customer.
Two and a half minutes after takeoff, the two Falcon Heavy side reinforcements separated and returned to Cape Canaveral in Florida for successful simultaneous landings in the SpaceX'x landing zones approximately 9 miles (15 km) south of the launch site .
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The central stage later landed on the SpaceX unmanned spacecraft in the Atlantic Ocean more than 600 miles (approximately 1,000 km) away, while the second stage continued in orbit with Arabsat 6A.
The photos published by SpaceX show the fiery inferno launched by the launch of the Falcon Heavy and the landings of the two lateral reinforcements of the rocket a few minutes later.
Jim Reuter, NASA's acting administrator administrator, said: "We are pleased with the successful launch of Falcon Heavy and the landings in the first stage yesterday.
"We have important technologies that are ready to fly, and this success helps us to take that path."
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The US space agency NASA plans to launch several experiments in space simultaneously, with the aim of improving the design and performance of future rockets.
The missions will also be launched from the Kennedy Space Center as part of the mission of the US Air Force Space Testing Program. UU (STP-2).
NASA has already confirmed that the US Air Force UU And SpaceX will prepare for the launch in the coming months.
The Falcon Heavy will launch NASA's Green Propeller Infusion Mission into orbit to test an alternative to the traditional chemical propulsion used in rockets.
The mission will test a new fuel / oxidant mixture called hydroxylammonium nitrate, which is considered safer to use and more environmentally friendly than hydrazine, a popular but toxic fuel for rocket engines.
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Another NASA experiment involves two small and relatively cheap cubes.
These robots will comprise the Enhanced Tandem Beacon Experiment (E-TBEx) and will measure how disturbances in Earth's atmosphere interfere with radio signals and GPS.
NASA expects the study to improve the prediction of such distortions to ensure communications technology in the future.
NASA's third scheduled mission involves the Deep Space Space Clock, a high-precision clock that is configured to improve navigation, and the Space Environment Testbeds, which examines how solar radiation near Earth affects hardware in the spaceship.
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