On Tuesday, Elon Musk made history. The US entrepreneur launched his Falcon Heavy rocket from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida – and it was a success. Not only is it a big deal that the Falcon Heavy is an intensely powerful mammoth vehicle, but the launch is so monumental because Musk had previously stated that the chances of a successful first launch are 50/50. That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.
Roughly 2.3 million people viewed the launch on Youtube – including me – thus making it the second biggest live streamed event in Youtube history. It was hard not to watch the event. There had been a massive amount of hype about it coming from Musk himself. He even posted a video of what the launch would look like if it were to be a success. David Bowie’s Starman played in the background.
Are we really surprised nearly 2.5 million people watched the Falcon Heavy launch? Not really. Aside from a few Tesla (NASDAQ:TSLA) Model 3 delays, it seems everything Musk touches turns to gold. I mean, the man just created flamethrowers after he made a joke about it on Twitter, and all of them sold out.
The Falcon Heavy still has a long trip ahead of it, but it’s already on the right route. Essentially the entire point of today’s launch was to see if the rocket could do what it was designed to do, and it appears that goal was met. If things continue to be a success with the rocket, which can put around 140,000 pounds of cargo into lower Earth orbit, SpaceX could be moving into an entirely different industry.
I for one am looking forward to more Falcon Heavy updates. For now, all I can say is that David Bowie was right: there really is a starman waiting in the sky now.
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