Why does Falcon Heavy matter? Why put a Tesla in space?!  (Behind the scenes of Falcon Heavy)

Why does Falcon Heavy matter? Why put a Tesla in space?! (Behind the scenes of Falcon Heavy)


Oh hi, it’s me, Tim Dodd, the Everyday Astronaut. And this, this is Falcon Heavy. Let’s get started! YES! Launch director on countdown one, this is
SpaceX Falcon Heavy, go for launch. Falcon Heavy is configured for flight. T minus 15 standby for terminal count. 10, 9, 8, side booster ignition, 6, 5, 4,
3, 2, 1, 0. Ignition. Lift off of the Falcon Heavy. It’s so bright, I can’t even look at it guys! It looks like the sun. Oh my gosh, it made, it cleared the pad by
a lot! It is going! Oh my gosh, yes! YES! Oh my god. Oh you can feel it like crazy! Oh my god! Yes! YES! Side boosters deploy. Oh there it is! Oh my god! We’re so close! Right there! You’ve got to be kidding me! Yeah baby! Come on, stick the landing! DUDE! You’ve gotta be kidding me! What is this crap? What! Stick it! Stick two landings. Look out for the cracks! You, WOW! Double sonic booms baby! They both landed! Where’s the sonic booms? Oh yeah! Yes! YES! YES! That was so beautiful! Falcon Heavy. That was falcon amazing. Well, I survived the 21 hour drive to Florida
and back, set up 3 remote still cameras around the launch pad, ran 5 video cameras and pulled
off a potato quality livestream, all on my own… I’m exhausted and boy do I have some serious
post-launch depression. *crying* But we have many questions to answer about
Falcon Heavy. We learned so much after the successful launch
and there’s a ton to cover. Instead of me trying to answer EVERYTHING
in this video, I decided we’re going to focus on one big question first. WHY. Why the Falcon Heavy? Why does it matter? Why launch it now when it will soon be replaced
soon by something bigger and better? And of course, the number one why, why did
SpaceX launch a Tesla into space? In some upcoming videos, we’ll answer things
like what happened to the center core, what’s the deal with fairing recovery, what’s so
cool about titanium grid fins, and why doesn’t that Tesla melt in space… Each one of these topics will be their own
super in depth video. So put those patience pants on because I have
a lot of work to do! And before we get started, if you need to
have a review all about Falcon Heavy, why it’s awesome and how it works, check out
my video titled “Why it took 5 years for the Falcon Heavy to fly” That’ll be a
good place to start. So now, we need to talk about WHY. You might have your friends or family ask
this question. My personal answer tends to be a little philosophical
at times but I’ll also be explaining the actual nuts and bolts of why… so let’s
start there. Falcon Heavy takes SpaceX’s goal of making
rockets reusable up another notch. Although the Falcon Heavy is three times more
powerful than the Falcon 9, it only throws away the exact same amount of rocket, the
upper stage. But due to the larger nature of the Falcon
Heavy, the percentage thrown away is much much less. We talk about this often here on my show,
but this is the key to making spaceflight cheaper. SpaceX has already made waves by being able
to recover and reuse about 65% of their Falcon 9 but now the Falcon Heavy they’ll be able
to reuse almost 90% of the rocket! And again, you might hear this over and
over, but this is a huge step in getting space travel to be more like air travel. Imagine a world where jetliners have to be
thrown away after each use. That’s absurd right? Now imagine a world where 35% of the jetliner
had to be thrown away, that’s better, but still absurd. Now with Falcon Heavy, we’re now biting at the
90% reusable mark, which is helping to bring the cost down that much more. Put another way, due to the extra performance
of the Falcon Heavy, it could put a satellite into orbit and recover 90% of the rocket,
where as that same satellite on a Falcon 9 would require the entire rocket to be thrown
away. Of course the real goal is truly making rockets
100% fully and rapidly reusable, and if all goes according to SpaceX’s plans, they hope
their upcoming rocket, the BFR, can acheive this. Falcon Heavy is just another step in the right
direction for driving cost down and making rockets more reusable. It’s also a massively capable rocket, which
can secure important department of defence contracts and deliver large payloads for paying customers. So why bother with the Falcon Heavy when the
fully reusable and even more powerful BFR is on its way? This is a valid question and apparently even
SpaceX tried to cancel the Falcon Heavy program 3 times. Falcon Heavy will probably end up being a
placeholder to offer heavy lift capabilities for customers until SpaceX gets the BFR flying. BFR is slated to start flying in 3 or 4 years,
so I think Falcon Heavy will fly for a good 5 years or so… but that’s just my guess. So NEXT…why did SpaceX put a Tesla in space. Why on earth (or off earth) did they waste
their money to show off? Why not do something of scientific significance. Believe it or not, this one is actually pretty
easy to answer. The first flight of the Falcon Heavy was a demo
mission. It was purely a test of the vehicle to see
if it would actually work. Being that it was a demo mission with only
a 50%-ish chance of success, it’s not a very good idea to put anything of any importance
or value on top of the rocket. Elon Musk didn’t even see it going nearly
this well. You can tell he was genuinely surprised by
its success, especially hearing him explain his expectations in the post launch press
conference. You know, I had this image of a just a giant
explosion on the pad with you a wheel bouncing down the road. Like a Tesla logo landing somewhere with a
thud. With the inaugural flight of any rocket, companies
tend to use a dummy payload or mass simulator. This is usually a hunk of steel, water, or
concrete. Super exciting… Occasionally, you might hear the word boilerplate
used which is a more realistic simulator of a spacecraft, specifically spacecraft that
are exposed during ascent. Some examples are boilerplate units for Mercury,
Gemini, Apollo, Orion, and even SpaceX’s Dragon Capsule which first flew on the first
Falcon 9 mission. So I guess that really answers the question
right there. Did you know that the first Falcon 9 mission
just had a dummy Dragon capsule on top? No? Why’s that? Oh, that’s right, because it’s kind of
BORING and you didn’t care, and neither did I. So to me, the Tesla is the perfect middle
ground. It’s not just a boring hunk of steel, it
represents something and since you shouldn’t put anything of any real importance or value
on top of a demo flight, this is was a perfect compromise and an even better PR move. By doing something outlandish, audacious and
downright absurd, it got YOUR attention. And not just YOUR attention, but SpaceX managed
to capture the world’s attention! This is important. For the first time in years, millions of people
tuned in to watch a rocket launch. SpaceX had 2.3 million people watching the
Falcon Heavy launch live on YouTube. That’s the second most people tuning in
to a single event live on YouTube ever, coming in after another space-ish related event,
Felix Baumgartner’s high altitude skydive. More important than grabbing your attention,
it captured the world’s imagination. Us humans relate well to things that we interact
with often. We gravitate towards the familiar. So when we look at a spacecraft, as cool and
awe inspiring as it can be, it’s not as relatable as say a car. It’s too foreign. Too rare. Too hard to grasp. So what happens in our minds when something
we see every single day, a car, get hucked into space on top of the world’s most powerful
rocket with live feeds of our beautiful planet in the background? BWAHHHHHHHH When the live feeds of Starman started coming
in, I had to just stop and pause for a moment. There it was. A Tesla. In space. With a mannequin wearing SpaceX’s awesome
space suit just hanging out in the driver’s seat, arm casually resting on the door and
hand on the steering wheel. So why? Why did a billionaire shoot his car into space? We have so many problems down here on Earth,
why waste it on space? And here’s where we need to get a little
philosophical. Space is the one thing that unites us humans
together. It’s the one border we share. Once you get out to space you realize there
are no boundaries, there is no division, and all of our petty politics and wars suddenly
become hilariously irrelevant. Space exploration is us uniting as one species
exploring the next frontier together. It unites enemies like it did during the cold
war with the Apollo/Soyuz mission, it sparks our imagination and quite literally opens
up new worlds. So yes. Maybe sending a car up to space is silly and
seemingly frivolous. But in the grand scheme of things, it might
be one of those moments we look back at in the history books. This may not have been a Wright Brothers flying
the first airplane moment. This may not have been a Chuck Yeagar breaking
the speed of sound moment. This definitely wasn’t an Apollo 11 moment. BUT. Perhaps for the first time in the 21st century,
kids were huddled around a screen watching a spaceflight event. For now, this is my generation’s version
of huddling around a small black and white TV watching the Apollo 8 astronauts orbit
the moon for the first time. On December 24th, 1968, while orbiting the
moon, Bill Anders took a photograph of the Earth rising over the lunar horizon. This famous photograph, called Earthrise,
is quite possibly one of the most iconic images in all of human history. And perhaps my favorite thing about this picture
is that every human ever, dead or alive is in this photograph besides just three. Frank Borman, Jim Lovell and Bill Anders the
crew onboard Apollo 8. And although a mannequin in the driver’s
seat of a Tesla doesn’t have the same significance as humans orbiting the moon, I can’t help
but think this image is quite possibly one of the most inspiring images of the 21st century. Or maybe I just think that because I totalllllly
called it I think it should be a bunch of Teslas that
are like made to just be dummy payloads, that end up going into orbit, that orbit either
the Earth or the Moon and we get all these live feeds of Teslas in space and you can
just teslainspace.com Make it happen! Ok, maybe not that teslas in space .com thing…
but come on, I was close! So what do you think? What were your thoughts on the very first
launch of Falcon Heavy? Did you crap your pants when you saw the two
boosters landing side by side? I totally didn’t… What were your thoughts on seeing a Tesla
in space? Let me know that in the comments below. Remember, I’ll be doing a lot more in depth
videos about Falcon Heavy, and other videos about Rocket Lab, NASA and lots of other fun
space videos, so be sure you’re subscribed so you don’t miss a thing! I owe a special thanks to Das Valdez of Kerbal
Space Academy on Twitch and YouTube for sending me his absolutely incredible video of the
two boosters landing. You can hear him and fellow twitch streamer
EJ_SA going absolutely crazy standing just 4 miles or 6kms away from the twin booster
landing. Be sure and check them out and find them online. I’ve got their links in the description. I owe an even bigger thanks to my Patreon
supporters for helping make this trip down to Florida possible. I owe an extra super special thanks to those
Patrons who were able to meet up and hang out in person! It was a ton of fun meeting you all and I hope
to do more meetups in the future. You guys are seriously awesome. If you want to help contribute, help script
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lots of other fun stuff at everydayastronaut.com/shop And as always, all the music in my videos
is original. The song in this video is called “Spaceships
for Earth” Feel free to check it out and download it for free at soundcloud.com/everydayastronaut
Tell a friend! Thanks everybody that does it for me. I’m Tim Dodd, the Everyday Astronaut. Bringing space down to Earth for everyday
people.

100 thoughts on “Why does Falcon Heavy matter? Why put a Tesla in space?! (Behind the scenes of Falcon Heavy)

  1. I think test flights could launch things we want to get rid of in space. Wouldn't it be a great symbolic moment for someone with chronic pain issues to discard the last leftover dose of painkillers he doesn't need anymore? Or we could discard symbols of conflict and divide, like a brick from the Berlin Wall. Either those things end up in space, far far away from us, or they blow up in a huge boom (which would somehow be even more purifying, right?).

  2. 2:49 That's exactly what I'm feeling every time I watch this! How can a piece of metal make me feel that way??

  3. 0:33 HE SAID "This is SpaceX fuckin' heavy"* !! AHHHHHHHH THE LAUGHS WILL DESTROY MY EARS AHHHH!

    Either that or it was "Falcon" and it sounded like "Fuckin".

    *EDIT: I watched in 0.25x speed, it was Falcon, it's just that at normal speed it sounded like "Fuckin"

  4. i effin love your enthusiasm bro. gets me emotional seein all these launches and all these peoples visions of the future getting more and more real everyday. its an exciting time. keep the vids comin. Peace. Tommy Nutter

  5. F9 and F9 Heavy restored for US independent, sustainable and modern access to space as well as art of domestic rocket engine design. it also reinvigorated some good old industry practices, like NOT spreading manufacturing and assembly across to hell and gone throughout entire continent. Incidentally, it also put Russians out of business. I hope that it will be still incrementally improved and streamlined and kept alive as reference design.

  6. Elon musk using his personal tesla as a dummy weight for the new falcon heavy launch VS. A billionaire shooting his car into space.

  7. I've watched the Falcon Heavy launch footage like a dozen times now, and I still get chills down my spine when those boosters light up and land.

  8. Dude, I'd really love to sing lyrics to this song… About wanting to leave my home. About missing my home also. About leaving, and not regretting it. The music inspired me as much as the launch which I saw live. Man… I just discovered you, and I appreciate everything you're doing. Right on bro, you're amazing.

  9. when this happened i was working at a nissan dealership in the service department. And in the customers waiting lounge where people wait for their cars to finish up in service, the tv was playing the launch live. All the customers and service employees including some mechanics were all in the lounge watching, and the atmosphere was so hype. I want to relive that moment haha

  10. an interesting Anime Called Planetes, featured a child born on the moon, grown big and mature looking due to the microgravity. one of the most perfect moments, amongst many of them, was that child asking a Terrorist: "whats a country?" because when she looked at earth, she didn't see borders. didn't even understand the concept of a nation. the terrorist didn't know what to say.

  11. Musk is so good at how to draw the world's attention, and BTW, it is really exciting to see two rockets landing perfectly.

  12. 2:44 all white men. No, wait, a couple of Asians, a few people with darker skin, absolutely no women. I'm not trying to make a point here…I'm just sayin' what I see. Interesting.

  13. I actually didn't hear about the Falcon Heavy launch and putting the Tesla on a trip around Mars until the announcement that Starman had rounded Mars, late last year. Was rather annoyed with myself that I had been so wrapped up in petty things that I missed seeing the launch and following the mission.

    Enjoyed the watching footage of the launch and the landing of the boosters and your reaction to it – which mirrors my own. An absolutely fantastic achievement – a perfect launch and the sight of the two boosters descending and touching down perfectly was spectacular. I feel both jealous of you and pleased for you being able to go and see the launch.

    Putting a Tesla with "Starman" in as payload and sending it out to Mars was pure genius as it captures the public's imagination in ways that a simple boilerplate payload would not – the footage of those kids getting excited by it brought tears to my eyes – I was 5 years old (nearly 6) when I listened to the radio broadcast of Armstrong and Aldrin landing on the moon.

  14. There's so many people who are oblivious to what's going on in the science and space world. It's incredible and fascinating learning about space and the vast universe. We are but just a grain of sand amongst multiple Sahara deserts.

  15. And the most important reason, any sort of progress in space travel is another step for the longevity of our species, the earth is finite, we need to move on to other planets and solar systems if we have any hope of being here forever.

  16. Holy Flying F*** That Thing Took Off!

    -Elon Musk February 6, 2018
    (edit) yes that's a tesla roadster in front of a house as my profile pic.

  17. The joy I get when I see these successful missions brings tears to my eyes every time. I'm glad to see so many people getting excited about space again.

  18. Reminds me, I saw my first rocket launch into space for the first time (well, only saw it after it had elevated above my horizon) when a Falcon 9 was launched on Jun 29th for a station supply run. It was early morning, and I was just outside Lake Wales, FL on my way home and unaware a launch was scheduled.

    Against the black sky I saw a very bright light rising into the sky, and then begin to drop again after briefly disappearing behind a cloud. Next, I saw another bright dot emerge above the cloud, and I continued to watch it go higher and higher even after I got home, where I just stood outside my car and watched. Shortly after I entered my house, I did a quick search and learned that I had witnessed a stage separation for the first time!

  19. I like your emotions during the launch. Three days ago I've watched in person the Soyuz MS-12 launch at Baikonur. I felt the same, except FH was a totally new rocket…

  20. Aw man, this is great. I’ve been streaming your videos for 2 days and I’m super inspired. This video’s givin’ me feels.

  21. Hey Tim, YouTube recently started translating titles and descriptions of your videos into other languages without an option to turn it off.

    This is pretty confusing as your videos are only relevant to people who understand english good enough to read it and those translations leave the false impression you'd uploaded videos in e.g. German which is clearly not the case with at least this video. (Which, too, has translated title and description.)

    Also those translations are horrible in quality as they often do not even have the same meaning as the original english title and in addition at least for German your long (and informative, well chosen) video titles get translated to even longer German titles which then get cut off. This video for example is currently previewed in German with the equivalent of "Why Falcon Heavy? Why a Tesla" (with the "Why Falcon Heavy?" being a gramatically incorrect sentence)

    Another of your videos that I didn't watch yet beacause I have absolutely no idea what it would be about is previewed in German with the equivalent of "Why have SpaceX, Beoing and Blue Origin".

    I'm a bit worried that this might have a negative impact on your view counts in Germany and probably other countries aswell. Do you have any control over whether YouTube does that to your videos?

  22. Next time, they should send a Tesla to the moon, and actually, drive it! Because it's a battery motor not an ICE engine, it should work, though the driver needs a space suit, or it can be an automated drive as well ;).

  23. I don't think I have ever experienced the happiness I felt when watching that first Falcon Heavy launch. Absolutely amazing, brings tears to my eyes every time I see those boosters land

  24. My School friends were 0% interested in space and then I showed them the FH launch video and since then I have a seen a good inspiration in them for space travel and SpaceX

  25. This keeps me giving goosedumps to see them land back on earth.
    And its really cool to see how excited you are.. I wish i had such a passion that would get me screaming from enjoyement 🙂
    My passions are more relaxed, playing spanish guitar, woodwork and carving, gardening,..
    (I can already see my neighbours frowning when seeing me hands in air, screaming and jumping with a carrot in my hand..)
    Anyhow, its a joy to watch your videos!

  26. I am a fan of your videos. I talk about them all the time, even to my girlfriend. Today I decided to show her this video. And roughly halfway through she asked if that (falcon heavy) was your rocket? …and after a bit of explaining. She said that she felt betrayed, because you are everyday "astronaut" but doesnt really have a rocket. Dude, I must say I totally feel her. You should work on this part and get yourself one…. you know, a real rocket.

    (P.S. much love, big fan)

  27. y' know how he said that everybody was in that picture of earth?? …he does realize it wasn't showing the whole globe, right?

    just sayin'…

  28. This launch made me tear up when I watched it for the first time, and even today. The 2 boosters landing is just amazing.

  29. The Falcon Heavy launch and YOU Tim, have brought back the interest I have in 'space' that I had as a kid when I built a 4' tall model of the Saturn V rocket complete with lunar and command modules. I moved to Alamogordo, NM and visit the New Mexico Museum of Space History regularly. They have a pretty cool Shuttle simulator where you can 'fly' the shuttle to a landing. Thank you for your efforts with the channel & Bravo to you for your tenacity in meeting & interviewing Elon & the NASA admin.

  30. This creator has become my go to source for launch and space news and commentary. Nowhere else can you find such en pointe presentation that is also so sincere and full of heart. Thank you.

  31. 11:10 that was a really good speech but technically the people on the other side of the earth are not in the picture

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