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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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How much payload can Falcon Heavy Reusable lift?

I can only find figures for the Expendable configuration - 63.8 metric tons. The Wikipedia article says The partially reusable Falcon Heavy falls into the heavy-lift range of launch systems, ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Why doesn't the Tesla Roadster's windscreen crack or break in space?

The car is on the sun side of space as seen by the lens flare. This means that the car will absorb high amounts of radiation, heating the car up to well over 250 degrees Celsius . A car windscreen ...
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Propellant boil-off in zero G

The Falcon Heavy test flight included a demonstration of capability to coast for several hours and then re-light the second stage for a final burn. During the coast, the cryo propellants are absorbing ...
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Onboard recording of trans-Mars injection

Is there any video recording of the Falcon Heavy trans-Mars injection burn from onboard cameras? The live feed of the Tesla Roadster and Starman orbiting Earth cycled through multiple cameras ...
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What accounted for the total mass of the Tesla/Starman?

According to this Wikipedia article, Falcon Heavy is claimed to be able to deliver a payload of 63,800 kilograms to LEO. According to this article, the Tesla Roadster has a curb weight of 1,305 kg. ...
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Will there be no other test flights of Falcon Heavy?

In this list of Falcon launches, the next flight of a Falcon Heavy in June 2018 will transport several scientific satellites. The mission will be part of the certification process of the new rocket. ...
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Does anyone know what this camera view is of from Starman/Roadster live footage?

In reviewing the replay video of the live coverage of Starman/Roadster floating around the Earth I found a camera view that is different from the rest. Does anyone ...
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Will SpaceX use a BFR Heavy mode, similar to the Falcon Heavy but with 3 BFR cores? [closed]

Big Falcon Rocket will need several (maybe 6) tanker missions to get enough fuel for a Mars mission. Does this mean at some point we may witness one BFR Heavy, made of three BFR first stages ...
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Is the Tesla still attached to the second stage?

I was wondering. Is the Falcon Heavy 2nd Stage still attached to the payload adapter / Tesla Roadster or was payload separation part of the test flight objectives?
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How long will we be getting data (pictures?) from Starman and his Tesla?

So originally, I read this article that claimed that the battery in the Tesla launched on the Falcon Heavy would last for about 12 hours after launch. The live video stream was only broadcast for ...
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When is the tesla roadster expected to reach mars [duplicate]

I guess "Reach" is a bad term here. When is the Tesla roadster expected to be close enough to mars that it can orbit it normally, just as satellites orbit us. https://www.theverge.com/2018/2/6/...
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How far from the launch site was the recovery drone for the center core of the Falcon Heavy test flight?

How far out to sea was the recovery drone Of Course I Still Love You for the Falcon Heavy test flight? In the future, if there's a Falcon Heavy night launch with a similar flight profile, I'm ...
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When will SpaceX Falcon Heavy Tesla cross Mars orbit?

Elon Musk clearly miscommunicated here. The Tesla is going to take awhile to cross Mars orbit. When will that be? note: to future readers, the shape of the orbit shown in this tweet is no longer ...
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What's up with Star Man's Roadster's suspension?

On Earth, a vehicle's weight compresses the suspension, and the wheel rims are generally designed to closely fit the contour of the tires with only a small gap between. Take away that weight, the ...
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What is Elon Musk's Roadster orbital period? [duplicate]

On February 6th, 2018, SpaceX launched Elon Musk's Tesla Roadster to an elliptical heliocentric orbit as a dummy payload of the initial flight test of the new Falcon Heavy rocket. What is the ...
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Can Falcon Heavy side boosters/center core be reused as Falcon 9s?

Since the Falcon Heavy is just essentially 3 Falcon 9s strapped together, would it be possible to reuse them as Falcon 9s with some modification?
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How long will it take for Starman to complete one orbit of the sun?

I have seen that the original estimate to pass by Mars was about 6 months, but the current trajectory overshot Mars by quite a bit. How long until Starman and the Roadster return to complete their ...
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What are the perihelion and aphelion distances of the Falcon Heavy second stage?

What are the perihelion and aphelion of the Falcon Heavy second stage containing the Tesla after yesterday's mission?
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How close will the Tesla Roadster with Starman actually get to Mars?

I know the long term outlook is quite difficult to say, but how close will the Tesla Roadster actually get to Mars on it's first orbit around the Sun?
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How does SpaceX Falcon Heavy Starman live feed transmitter work?

I'm curious to find out answers to the following questions: Where is the antenna for the live feed transmitter of starman located in the payload? How is the transmitter being powered? Related to 2nd ...
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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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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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Starman and Roadster: Position and camera [closed]

We have a camera showing Starman, but no way to have the position ? At least distance from earth ? How long till the camera stops or is out of range ?
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If the Tesla Roadster happened to crash into an asteroid, would the asteroid be damaged?

If the car has the luck to find a rock of more or less his mass, taking the mass and speed into account, can it make a considerable amount of damage in an asteroid?
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What all is included in the contraption around Star Man?

In the streaming video, we can see a mannequin sitting in a car. It is fairly evident there is more to it than that, the cameras are clearly on some sort of supporting arms extending from the car, ...
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Can we expect shots from Starman that include the Earth and Moon together?

Just as the question asks. Will the Roadster get anywhere near, or be in any planned position to capture images of the Earth and Moon in the same field of view? A sort of "family photo" :)
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Can someone explain to me what will cause Starman’s orbit to change to match the orbit that has been posted?

I have been watching Starman’s current location through the tracking that is being provided Falcon Heavy/Tesla 2018-017A. The current orbit shows Starman’s current apogee 6,957 km and with a ...
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What is used to connect the side boosters to the first stage?

For example, on the Falcon Heavy, the two side cores detached from the first stage but how are they attached and what mechanism is used to detach them?
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No need for gravity assist with Falcon Heavy?

Elon Musk is quoted to have said, after the launch of Falcon Heavy, that «it can launch things direct to Pluto or beyond, no stop needed, don’t even need gravity assist or anything». Now, I am not an ...
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Just how much of the Falcon Heavy is reusable?

I've been looking for just this one bit of info, in all the press: exactly how much of the Falcon Heavy is recoverable and reusable? Obviously not the fuel, but is all the hardware recovered? If so, ...
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Why did the Falcon Heavy core engines fail to reignite?

I realize that this is a hot take, less than twenty-four hours later at the time of posting, but is any technical detail known about why the core engines failed to restart, causing the crash?
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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 did the Falcon Heavy's Arch contain beside the Isaac Asimov’s Foundation novels?

It has been reported that the payload included an Arch disk that contained the Foundation novels by Isaac Asimov. Surely it also contains more than that since the disk can store 360 terabytes. What ...
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Could the Starman/Roadster spacecraft have targeted a well defined heliocentric orbit if it had wanted to?

Does the FH upper stage have things like inertial guidance, star cameras, GPS/GNSS, and/or other helpful equipment that would have allowed it to do careful thrust vectoring during the 3rd and final ...
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What are all the meteorite looking objects around starman? [duplicate]

Here is the video Starman Meteorites
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Current speed of Tesla Roadster which is moving toward the Asteroid Belt?

I am just wondering at what speed does Tesla Roadster is currently travelling toward the Asteroid Belt (Relative to Earth)?
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How will they lower the landed side boosters after landing, if there is a nose cone?

To lower/handle landed stages, SpaceX has a rig that connects to the inter stage and they use it as an attach point for the crane to lift/move it. The two cores landed in Florida after the first ...
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Why doesn't Tesla's Roadster melt in space?

Tesla's Roadster is somewhere above us taking sunlight directly part of the time, then very cold on the next half of the orbit. Or when it rolls, one side gets hot, the other is cold. Why don't the ...
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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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Would you be able to hear the radio playing in the Falcon Heavy Tesla car?

When the Falcon Heavy Tesla car reaches orbit around Mars would you be able to hear David Bowie playing on the car stereo? (Assuming you could sit in the car during its orbit)
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Does the centre core really need three engines to land, and if so why?

Reports suggest that the centre core of the FH launch crashed because it couldn't get the necessary three engines relit. If this isn't a misunderstanding (there was something about the shrapnel ...
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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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Would a Falcon Super Heavy benefit from 4 boosters? [duplicate]

Falcon 9 was improved by adding 2 side boosters - making Falcon Heavy. Would there be a significant benefit from adding ... say 2 more boosters? (I'm dubbing this Falcon Super Heavy)
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Why not jettison the nose-cone from Falcon Heavy side boosters for better control authority?

With February 6th's launch of Falcon Heavy we saw the landing of both side boosters. During the past few weeks and again in the press conference today I've heard over and over about the increased ...
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Starman's Tesla prelaunch preparation

How did they prepare the Tesla before launch? At minimum did they deflate the tires? Removed all liquids and batteries? What about all the materials used on it?How will they react to such friendly ...