SpaceX's new rocket Falcon Heavy will fly Tesla Roadster to Mars

SpaceX's new rocket Falcon Heavy will fly Tesla Roadster to Mars

SpaceX's new rocket Falcon Heavy will fly Tesla Roadster to Mars

However, SpaceX censored critical portions of the launch, including the separation of the nose cone surrounding the top-secret Zuma satellite, and the satellite's actual deployment into earth's orbit.

SpaceX ended launch commentary five minutes into the flight, due to the classified nature of the satellite. The company chose SpaceX as the launch provider, noting late previous year that it took "great care to ensure the most affordable and lowest risk scenario for Zuma".

Musk has said it is possible that the Falcon Heavy's first launch could end with the rocket blowing up, so he's placing his personal property - his Tesla Roadster - in the nosecone as payload. The name Zuma refers to a Southern California beach.

The Falcon 9 launcher returned to Earth successfully after the company's first mission for 2018. But second-stage information was kept to a minimum because of all the secrecy surrounding the flight.

Citing government and industry officials who were briefed on the mission, the Wall Street Journal that the satellite did not separate as intended after the firing of the rocket's second stage.

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Originally scheduled for a November launch, Zuma was delayed by potential concern about another mission's payload fairing, the shell on top that protects a satellite during launch.

"... the main goal of tonight's flight was getting Zuma aloft, so the spacecraft can start going about its business".

SpaceX's new, powerful rocket, the Falcon Heavy, was at its launch pad at NASA's Kennedy Space Center on Tuesday, awaiting an engine test-firing sometime this week.

SpaceX did not report any problems with the launch; however, while the company usually announces a successful launch regardless of the classification of the payload, no confirmation was given by SpaceX or Northrup Grumman, the company that manufactured the secret satellite. "We are also preparing for an F9 launch for SES and the Luxembourg Government from SLC-40 in three weeks".

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