REAL WORLD Tony Stark has launched its latest Spacex Falcon rocket from California with success.
Elon Musk, who spends his time planning subterranean transport systems, virtual reality design machines and considering the universe, launched the rocket on Sunday. It took off from Vandenberg Air Force Base at 9am Pacific Daylight Time, which is 5pm British Summer Time in the UK.
According to messages from Musk, all went well. The rocket took off, split and sent off satellites. Now it must be brought back to earth using the Grasshopper recovery system.
"Launch was good. All satellites deployed at the targeted orbit insertion vectors," he said.
"Rocket booster relit twice (supersonic retro & landing), but spun up due to aero torque, so fuel centrifuged & we flamed out. Between this flight & Grasshopper tests, I think we now have all the pieces of the puzzle to bring the rocket back home."
The Falcon 9, which was carrying Canada's CASSIOPE satellite, is the first privately developed liquid-fueled rocket to reach orbit. Spacex's client was MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd (MDA) of Canada.
The privately funded satellite has a few purposes and will ping back and forth along the equator building up environmental information.
"The science payload of CASSIOPE, called the enhanced Polar Outflow Probe, or e-POP, will be Canada's first space environment sensor suite, consisting of eight instruments, including plasma sensors, radio wave receivers, magnetometers, CCD cameras, and a beacon transmitter," said Spacex.
"These instruments will enable the collection of new data on space storms and associated plasma outflows in the upper atmosphere and their potentially devastating impacts on radio communications, GPS navigation and other space-based technologies."
The Falcon 9 took off with 1.3 million pounds of thrust and reached supersonic speed after 70 seconds. µ