Elon Musk expects SpaceX to launch Mars spaceship in 2019

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Additionally, SpaceX has released this new video of the launch, which includes some never-before-seen footage of the Roadster being prepped for its journey into space. For starters, the Falcon Heavy is the most powerful operational rocket on the planet, with SpaceX noting that it has "more than 5 million pounds of thrust at liftoff, equal to approximately eighteen 747 aircraft at full power".

Dubbed as "Falcon Heavy and Starman", the videos show the preparation, success, and failures of the Falcon Heavy launch last month. He went on to share that he got to watch the Falcon Heavy launch alongside Musk in launch control, and that he was in awe of the incredible achievement made possible by the contribution of so many people. With the ability to lift into orbit almost 64 metric tons (141,000 lb)-a mass greater than a 737 jetliner loaded with passengers, crew, luggage and fuel-Falcon Heavy can lift more than twice the payload of the next closest operational vehicle, the Delta IV Heavy, at one-third the cost. Nonetheless, Falcon Heavy can lift cargo by 2 times heavier than Delta IV. The BFR rocket system is 348-foot in height and that makes it much larger than the Falcon Heavy. On the other hand, the main booster, which was set to land on a barge in the middle of the ocean, closely missed its landing site and plunged into the water.

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Eccentric billionaire and SpaceX founder Elon Musk broke the news during his appearance at the South By Southwest festival this past weekend (he appears to be a big fan of Westworld), claiming that the SpaceX Mars rocket is making steady progress, and will very likely be making short test flights starting next year. At the time of this writing, the Roadster is 5,962,089 miles away from Earth and 116,430,301 miles away from Mars.

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