The Heavy became the most powerful rocket flying today with Tuesday's inaugural test flight.
The asteroid belt lies between the orbits of Mars and Jupiter, and contains most of the asteroids in the solar system, where they rotate around the sun. And then, of course, there's Mars-SpaceX wants the Falcon Heavy to be the foundation for its Martian colonization plans.
Thousands have gathered at the space center, and surrounding beaches and parks, to watch the Heavy soar with a sports vehicle as cargo.
Batteries powering the camera views of the Roadster were only expected to last about 12 hours, so they won't provide close-up views of the vehicle near Mars or an asteroid, but that was never the idea. The Falcon Heavy is price-listed at $90 million, a bargain in the business of rockets.
February 7: A Tesla Roadster in orbit.
The launch from Kennedy Space Center's launch pad itself was a success, although it had been delayed slightly due to wind.
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Professor Olguin says, "The payload that we're looking at for the Falcon Heavy is something not only technologically advanced, but now you can actually develop more robust satellites".
Whether successful or catastrophic, the launch will be one for the ages.
The more complicated answer to that question is because space R&D has a different budget source compared to one dedicated to "feeding the poor".
But Musk said Wednesday he has no plans to step aside as CEO.
Unlike here on Earth where all things, both living and non-living, are protected from radiation by the planet's atmosphere and magnetic field, Musk's roadster has no protection in space.
Following liftoff, the two side boosters separate from the center core and return to landing sites for future reuse. The company has received orders from many major customers, and Musk predicted Wednesday that the company would likely "exceed" the specifications it promised.
Rocket recycling is the key to SpaceX's launch cost-cutting strategy. Some criticized Musk's decision to throw a vehicle in space as nothing more than a public relations move meant to promote its Tesla cars, but the CEO said it was purely for fun. 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.
SpaceX has hit a rocket straight out of the park on the first test flight of its big new rocket.