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SpaceX - Falcon Heavy and Starman lift off

SpaceX - Falcon Heavy and Starman lift off

(1:52) Trailer for one part of the next chapter of the human story. From YT: "When Falcon Heavy lifted off, it became the most powerful operational rocket in the world by a factor of two, with the ability to lift into orbit nearly 64 metric tons (141,000 lb), a mass greater than a 737 jetliner loaded with passengers, crew, luggage and fuel."

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Guest: (100 days ago)

Sneaky to put the word "operational" in the description "most powerful operational rocket in the world." It makes it appear that no other rocket built was more powerful but adding "operational" makes it a white-lie. That's because the Saturn V built in the 60's was more powerful and flew 13 missions until the last one in 1973.

The first stage of Falcon Heavy has 5.5 M pounds of thrust and the second stage has 210 K pounds of thrust. The Saturn V first stage has 7.6 M pounds of thrust and the second stage of 1.2 M pounds of thrust. Then finally, the Saturn V has a third stage that the Falcon Heavy doesn't have providing an additional 225 K pounds of thrust.

The Falcon Heavy can put a payload of 140,700 pounds in orbit and the Saturn V can put 310,000 pounds in orbit.

Although the Falcon Heavy is impressive because it's able to be reused making it more economic, I wish people would stop deceiving people into thinking it's the most powerful rocket.

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Sneaky to put the word "operational" in the description "most powerful operational rocket in the world." It makes it appear that no other rocket built was more powerful but adding "operational" makes it a white-lie. That's because the Saturn V built in the 60's was more powerful and flew 13 missions until the last one in 1973.

The first stage of Falcon Heavy has 5.5 M pounds of thrust and the second stage has 210 K pounds of thrust. The Saturn V first stage has 7.6 M pounds of thrust and the second stage of 1.2 M pounds of thrust. Then finally, the Saturn V has a third stage that the Falcon Heavy doesn't have providing an additional 225 K pounds of thrust.

The Falcon Heavy can put a payload of 140,700 pounds in orbit and the Saturn V can put 310,000 pounds in orbit.

Although the Falcon Heavy is impressive because it's able to be reused making it more economic, I wish people would stop deceiving people into thinking it's the most powerful rocket.

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Christ you're a dull man

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Christ you're a dull man

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Glad you think I'm Christ but I'm just a simple person with no special healing abilities.

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Glad you think I'm Christ but I'm just a simple person with no special healing abilities.

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Christ would have been far more interesting and far less pedantic

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Christ would have been far more interesting and far less pedantic

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WalterEgo WalterEgo (100 days ago)

I read it different. SpaceX could have omitted "operational" - and if the issue arose, then claim that it is the most powerful rocket in the world because Saturn V is no longer.

But instead, they added "operational" in the interest of accuracy. I think my reading is more in keeping with Elon Musk's general philosophy.

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I read it different. SpaceX could have omitted "operational" - and if the issue arose, then claim that it is the most powerful rocket in the world because Saturn V is no longer.

But instead, they added "operational" in the interest of accuracy. I think my reading is more in keeping with Elon Musk's general philosophy.

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Guest: (100 days ago)

With that claim, then you could say that the Falcon Heavy is no longer. Is there one available right now to fly?

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With that claim, then you could say that the Falcon Heavy is no longer. Is there one available right now to fly?

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WalterEgo WalterEgo (100 days ago)
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You can interpret "operational" how you want. Not sure anyone really cares.

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You can interpret "operational" how you want. Not sure anyone really cares.

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