Billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk knows what’s at risk if his company’s Falcon Heavy rocket fails to complete its test mission. But he also knows what he’ll gain if the launch is a success, and to him, the latter is worth the risk.
“If we’re successful with this approach for the Falcon Heavy, game over for other heavy lift rockets,” Musk said during a media conference call on Feb. 5. “[But] it would be huge downer if it blows up.”
Hawthorne, Calif.-based rocket company SpaceX is gearing up for a historic launch at Kennedy Space Center’s Launch Complex 39-A on Feb. 6. Its Falcon Heavy rocket, equipped with three boosters — two previously flown — 27 engines and 5.1 million pounds of thrust will go to space carrying a red Tesla Roadster to orbit. The launch has created a media and public frenzy in Brevard County and along Florida’s Space Coast.