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SpaceX's heavy lift launcher, based on the Falcon 9, using two strap-on boosters with a center core.

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Is the SpaceX Falcon Heavy payload (a Tesla car) space junk?

Yesterday SpaceX succeeded in the first Falcon Heavy launch, but the payload, a Tesla car has no real useful purpose (except for company prestige). Thus, can it be considered as space junk ? How long ...
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Can I drive Elon Musk's Tesla after it's been in space for 100 Years?

We know that the the payload of the maiden Falcon Heavy flight will be... Elon Musks's Tesla Which will be placed in "Mars Orbit" Assuming it is serviced and road ready when launched with the keys in ...
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What was the fate of the main core of the first Falcon Heavy launch?

February 6th 2018 saw the first test launch of SpaceX's Falcon 9 Heavy rocket. During the main core's landing on the marine landing pad, the connection was lost. As such it is not immediately clear ...
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In Starman's roadster, where's the Towel?

Did Starman forget his towel? A towel is the essential thing every explorer needs to carry, right? Can't get very far without it.
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Is Starman wearing a seatbelt?

While staring at the live feed of a crash dummy in a convertible in outer space, I was wondering: Is this crash dummy following safety conventions and wearing a seat belt? I somehow doubt that it ...
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Is a SpaceX launch completely automated?

Once the engines are ignited and liftoff occurs, are any operators/controllers on the ground making any manual changes to the flight? Or are they simply monitoring the entire event until the boosters ...
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Why is the first launch of Falcon Heavy sending a car instead of something useful?

The first launch of the new Falcon Heavy will be sending up a Tesla Roadster owned by Elon Musk as its payload instead of something more useful. Why spend all that money and effort sending up a car? ...
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Why did the Tesla Roadster spend time in the Van Allen belt?

Following the Falcon Heavy launch, the second stage + Roadster payload spent a number of hours 'drifting' through the Van Allen belt before performing the burn to put it into its current orbit. Elon ...
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Why is there any launch window at all for the Falcon Heavy test flight?

Why is the window only ~3 hours long, why not 2? why not 5? why not "until it launches"? I'm guessing range safety, they could only get a TFR that long?
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Will the Falcon Heavy be far enough in 12 seconds to not cause damage?

Elon Musk has stated that he will consider it a success if the Falcon Heavy gets far enough away from the launch pad to not cause damage if it blows up. The Falcon Heavy underwent a 12 second static ...
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Could a Falcon Heavy test flight be responsible for these observations?

We observed a bright, slow moving (in our view for several minutes) large object that eventually left large bright contrails. This was over Northern New Mexico at around 7:29 PM MST. The object was ...
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Could a Falcon Heavy really put six GPS Block III satellites in orbit at the same time?

This answer says: GPS Block III satellites are being launched to replace failed or aging Block II satellites, which doesn't require launching more than one at a time. A Falcon Heavy could fill up ...
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Could the Lunar X-Prize have been won by the Tesla Roadster that was the Falcon Heavy test payload?

The Lunar X-Prize winning condition was "landing a robot on the surface of the Moon, traveling 500 meters over the lunar surface, and sending images and data back to the Earth." The Falcon Heavy test ...
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Why the soot pattern on the nosecone of Falcon Heavy side booster?

When a SpaceX booster is landed, we are used to seeing soot deposited all over it, usually in a specific pattern. You can read more about that in this question: Why the strange bands of soot of the ...
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How can Elon Musk's Tesla actually reach Mars orbit?

So the payload of the maiden Falcon Heavy flight will be... Elon Musks's Tesla This is one part publicity stunt (it's going to be playing David Bowie's Space Oddity, if for nothing more than the ...
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Why doesn't SpaceX land boosters in Africa?

Apart from the obvious answer that it'd take too long to get the booster back across the Atlantic, why doesn't SpaceX leave the main or centre booster in space a little bit longer and guide it to land ...
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Falcon 9 design: Why is the cargo fairing so much wider than the lower parts?

Why does the cargo fairing have a much larger diameter than the lower part of the rocket? Of course a larger diameter lets thicker payloads fit. But then the first, inter, and second stage could have ...
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Could SpaceX land on the moon today?

Now that SpaceX has a bunch of flown Block 4 Falcon 9 rockets laying around, could they theoretically do a mission to the Moon with landing even if it's just a rocket with no payload? Does it work out ...
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Is Starman in the Tesla Roadster a real human?

I first need to know if starman is a real human or a robot. If he is a real human, how does he live? How many years can he live in that car?
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Why is the Falcon Heavy center core recovery done at sea?

Why does SpaceX attempt sea recoveries of the Falcon Heavy center core instead of staying at altitude and performing a land based recovery at a different site?
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How is thrust transmitted from strap on boosters to the central core?

Strap on boosters of a lot of heavy launch vehicles seems to be attached with just a few "flimsy" struts. Here are few images for reference : Some of the possibilities: These support structures ...
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Why are the Falcon Heavy boosters stacked in a row instead of a triangle?

I wonder if triangle stack would be a better design to handle thrust and stability of the flight. Photo source (public domain).
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How long will it take Elon Musk's roadster to become the fastest ever car?

In chat, site moderator PearsonArtPhoto raised an interesting question after I'd pointed out that watching this launch could be disguised as watching "A car go faster than any car has gone before." ...
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What does 'Rocket is in self align' mean?

I've noticed during SpaceX streams (this could happen with other LSPs but I've only noticed it with SpaceX) that shortly after the vehicle goes to internal power the controller says "Vehicle is in ...
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How many SpaceX Starlink Internet-service satellites could be deployed in a single Falcon 9 launch? Falcon Heavy? BFR?

The mass of the two test satellites being launched this month is 400 kg, but I don't believe that includes the antennae and the structure to hold and release them. Is total mass the only constraint or ...
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If Starman is heading to Mars, why is he still spinning so we see the earth?

If Starman is heading to Mars, why is he still spinning so we see the earth? Shouldn't he always be pointing away from the earth?
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Was the side booster footage from the same camera during the Falcon Heavy test flight stream?

Chat has once again led me to ask a question. Geoffc suggest that the "two bottom feeds were from the same camera" as they aimed at the same landing site. I then started to collect some images to see ...
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On the Falcon Heavy, why are the side boosters using Ti Grid fins, but not the center core?

Elon Musk showed a picture of the almost ready to fly Falcon Heavy in the HIF (Horizontal Integration Facility, aka rocket barn). You can see the darker, larger grid fins on the side cores, and the ...
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Has any payload been as silly, as the Falcon Heavy's Tesla Roadster?

Seemingly as a joke, Elon Musk suggested in a tweet that the first payload of Falcon Heavy demo flight would be his Midnight Cherry Tesla Roadster. The first payload of Falcon 9 with a Dragon test ...
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What would the challenges be in developing a Falcon Heavy with three or four strap-on boosters?

Falcon Heavy has a standard Falcon 9 Full Thrust (FT) rocket core with two strap-on boosters derived from the Falcon 9 FT first stage. What about a heavier Falcon Heavy with four strap-on boosters (or ...
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Why is there so little price difference between the Falcon 9 and the Falcon Heavy?

A Falcon 9 costs 61.2M dollars. A Falcon Heavy (1 Falcon 9 + 2 boosters) costs 85M dollars. That means 1 booster of the Falcon Heavy costs only 11.9M dollars. So, why does a Falcon 9 (9 Merlin 1D + ...
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Why didn't they launch the Falcon Heavy to be injected into Mars orbit?

With SpaceX's mission of getting a human colony, why would they launch the roadster into the astroid belt and not actually attempt to inject it into mars orbit?
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Did the fairings from the Falcon Heavy test flight get recovered?

According to the flight plan that Elon Musk posted on Twitter, there's a section listed as 'Fairing Recovery', was this section successful? Did the Fairings get recovered?
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What missions could be done with Orion on Falcon Heavy?

Orion is being developed in tandem with the SLS. But Falcon Heavy is scheduled to fly earlier, early 2015, and be cheaper. So I wonder what kind of missions Orion could do with FH. Could it for ...
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Is the Falcon Heavy booster much simpler to land than the Falcon 9 first stage?

Given the fact that the Boosters of the Falcon Heavy will separate much earlier during ascent (and hence at much lower speeds), there should be a notable difference in the complexity (and thus chance ...
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What makes Falcon Heavy with 3 booster 4 times more capable than single booster F9?

Falcon Heavy is expected to take 4 times more mass to LEO than Falcon 9 (53 instead of 13 tons). Are bigger rockets generally about 4/3 times more capable per fuel mass and engine thrust? It doesn't ...
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How do I find out how far Falcon Heavy's Starman is from earth right now?

I cannot find out how far from earth Starman of the Falcon Heavy is right now, or at any time for that matter. How would I find the distance?
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If a living person had been inside Starman's suit, would the launch have been survivable?

The spacesuit in the falcon heavy test launch was a genuine test article. Assuming the suit performed nominally could a person have ridden the roadster into space?
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Why does Arabsat 6A need a Falcon Heavy to launch

Is it just me or does a falcon heavy seem like a bit of an overkill to launch Arabsat 6A? Falcon Heavy - GEO payload: 26,700 kilograms Arabsat 6A - weight: ~6000 kilograms Wouldn't some other ...
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What is this object on the Falcon Heavy payload stream?

On the live stream from the Falcon Heavy's payload (The Tesla car with dummy) an object appears to be visible between the car and the planet, what is it? The object is visible in the right hand side ...
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Why can Falcon Heavy bring 4.2 times as much mass to Mars than F9, but only 2.7 times as much to LEO?

In Wikipedia's article SpaceX Falcon-Heavy the section titled Capabilities has a table comparing maximum payload masses to Falcon 9 for different payload destination. The current numbers there are ...
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Why can't Falcon Heavy accelerate deep space payloads as fast as Atlas V and Delta Heavy?

A Falcon Heavy with an expendable core costs $95M and lifts 2.5x as much to GTO as the Atlas V. It's Pluto injection orbit payload is nearly half of the Atlas V's GTO payload. In the answer to this ...
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Was anything else about the Falcon Heavy test launch “off nominal” besides the center core return?

Apart from the announcement that the center core failed to return correctly, it appeared from media coverage that the flight went exactly according to plan, but there is always the potential for ...
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What are these yellow devices attached to the Falcon Heavy?

I was looking at the pictures of the newly rolled out Falcon Heavy and I noticed these odd yellow extensions on the payload faring. What are they?
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Why did the Falcon Heavy center core fall off the ASDS OCISLY barge?

On the second flight of the Falcon Heavy, they successfully landed the side cores at LZ-1 and LZ-2, and the center core downrange on the ASDS Of Course I Still Love You. Reports have come in that ...
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What is the new horizontal test stand at SpaceX's McGregor, TX facility meant to test?

If you look on Google Maps, at the McGregor, TX test site, you can see the old test stand (Labelled A) where they test each Falcon 9 first stage for a 9 engine fire as an acceptance test before ...
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What are the differences between the Falcon 9 (1.0) and the Falcon 9 (1.1 or F9R)?

With the change at the 6th launch from the original Falcon 9 design for the first five launches, to the new design, either called Falcon 9 v1.1 or Falcon 9R, it would be useful to understand the ...
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Why does the Falcon Heavy Rocket have a higher payload than the Space Shuttle?

The Falcon 9 heavy rocket has a thrust of about 5,340,000 pounds (23700 kN) with a LEO payload of 140,660 pounds (65.7 t). The Space Shuttle, on the other hand, had a thrust of 6,780,000 pounds (30000 ...
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Can the Falcon Heavy handle deep space missions?

Can the Falcon Heavy rocket handle sending payloads past Jupiter like the Atlas V?
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How many 1st stage boosters will SpaceX settle for, for its LEO/GTO fleet?

It’s common knowledge that SpaceX goal is to create a fleet of spacecraft shuttling from Earth to Mars. One milestone they intend to achieve beforehand is having a fleet of 1st stage boosters ...