More powerful rockets have been launched before, including the Saturn V rocket that was used during the Apollo missions, but the Falcon Heavy is now the most powerful operational rocket in the world. This beast can generate more than five million pounds of thrust at liftoff, and carry 141,000 pounds of cargo to low Earth orbit. SpaceX originally designed the rocket to carry humans into space, including potential missions to Mars, but Musk now says the Falcon Heavy will never involve human passengers—a task that will be delegated to a larger space-transportation system called the Big Falcon Rocket, or BFR, which is currently in development.
True to his word, SpaceX CEO Elon Musk shot his Tesla Roadster into space, along with a dummy named Starman behind the wheel. The car is headed towards an elliptical orbit that will see it drift in space for hundreds of millions of years. (a live view of Starman can be seen here)
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Según Elon Musk, hay un 50% de probabilidad de éxito y un 50% de que veamos una espectacular explosión.