I had a great day yesterday. I watched the highlights of the latest SpaceX launch, the Falcon Heavy. This included a Tesla car with a mannequin in the drivers seat being launched into orbit. What a time to be alive.
The footage can be seen here, the 20 minute mark is where you will see the action unfold. This action includes a seemingly perfect test flight, synchronized landings of the side boosters and that Tesla Car with a mannequin in the driver seat blasting Starman by Bowie.
On the YouTube channel, the following description is provided:
When Falcon Heavy lifts off, it will be 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–Falcon Heavy can lift more than twice the payload of the next closest operational vehicle, the Delta IV Heavy, at one-third the cost. Falcon Heavy draws upon the proven heritage and reliability of Falcon 9.
Its first stage is composed of three Falcon 9 nine-engine cores whose 27 Merlin engines together generate more than 5 million pounds of thrust at liftoff, equal to approximately eighteen 747 aircraft. Only the Saturn V moon rocket, last flown in 1973, delivered more payload to orbit. Falcon Heavy was designed from the outset to carry humans into space and restores the possibility of flying missions with crew to the Moon or Mars.
Just reading this gets me all fired up. In a world in which we are constantly hearing about the crazy things Trump says and and reading about the latest tragedy to strike a community, it is great to read about an event that is nothing but beneficial for humanity. We are in the early stages of becoming a multi-planet species. How can this be boring to some people? It blows my mind that this doesn’t blow everyone’s mind. But we are all different with different interests.
An example of this was seen today on my social media. Someone posted the following onto Facebook:
I would hate to have this much money I could waste such vast amounts on shit space missions. #nooneisbothered
Surely it isn’t healthy to be this pessimistic. Skeptical is good, as we need to be very skeptical about what we are told in life. But to make such a statement is to not bother researching the thing you are criticising but remain motivated enough to criticise it anyway. Lazy and pessimistic go hand in hand, and can be a dangerous downward spiral that is hard to get out of. How many people on earth have the ambition shown in the video… To be wealthy enough to not just live a great lifestyle but dedicate this wealth to improving humanity. I genuinely feel Elon Musk is one of the few people that are truly interested in improving our species in a very selfless manner, finding gaps in our systems and looking to fill those gaps. One of the gaps being a one planet species and the issues with this.
It could be true that #nooneisbothered. Thankfully that doesn’t seem the case, the video is currently number one on Youtube’s trending. My response would be #bebothered. Life is too average to not look up to the people that have incredible vision and motivation, using money in productive ways. To be pessimistic here is to be lazy. There is no skill involved in being pessimistic, and we all have skills. It is easier to be negative than use these skills to be productive, although productivity will be much more rewarding in the long run.