Science and Technology Dept praises Elon Musk for successful rocket launch

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The SA-born entrepreneur successfully launched his new rocket called the Falcon Heavy from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida on Wednesday.


FILE: A SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket lifts off from historic launch pad 39-A at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida. Picture: @SpaceX/Twitter.

JOHANNESBURG – The Science and Technology Department says it’s very proud of the work of South African-born innovator Elon Musk.

Musk successfully launched his new rocket called the Falcon Heavy from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida on Wednesday.

It’s set to become the most powerful launch vehicle.

The department says this is an exciting moment for South Africa.

“We do hope that we’ll also be beneficiaries of the work of this branch.”

The 23-story-tall jumbo rocket, carrying a cherry red Tesla Roadster from the assembly line of Musk’s electric car company as a mock payload, thundered off its launchpad in billowing clouds of steam and rocket exhaust at 3.45pm from the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral.

Boisterous cheering could be heard from SpaceX workers at the company’s headquarters in Hawthorne, California, where a live stream feed of the event originated. At least 2,000 spectators cheered the blast off from a campground near Cocoa Beach, 8km from the space centre.

Within three minutes, the Falcon Heavy’s two side boosters separated from the central rocket in one of the most critical points of the flight.








(Edited by Zamangwane Shange)





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