Business News Science, 08/02/2018

Ukraine Contributes to Success of Falcon Heavy Test Flight

On February 7, the Embassy of Ukraine in the USA reported on Ukrainian input to the SpaceX rockets, blasted off into space.

Ukrainians together with people all over the world celebrated the successful testing launch of 23-story-tall Falcon Heavy rocket by Elon Musk’s SpaceX company on February 6.

People in Kharkiv, Kyiv and other cities gathered around TV and monitors at home or in pubs and bars to watch the rocket clear earth’s atmosphere and blast into space. The countdown made the viewers hold their breath, then watched in awe, bursting with excitement at the moment of taking off. However, people were really amazed when the two side boosters of the Falcon Heavy landed next to each other simultaneously, perfectly synchronized.

The huge success of American company is regarded as a triumph of world science and technology all over the globe. Ukrainians were so proud yesterday when the Embassy of Ukraine in the USA  informed that the Antonov Airlines played an important role in preparing the launch. The Ukrainian company provided its An-124-100 Ruslan aircraft for transportation of heavy rocket components to Florida.

Ukrainian Ruslan is the only powerful cargo aircraft, capable of carrying a part of the main body of the rocket, taking into account its dimensions and weight of 28.1 tons.

A month ago, the Ukrainian plane flew 3,613 km for 4.5 hours, to make timely delivery of the Falcon Heavy rocket components from the airport in Los Angeles to Cape Canaveral, which made it possible to launch the rocket precisely on the dot at Cape Canaveral, Florida, USA, highlight the officials.

Reference: Falcon Heavy is the most powerful operational rocket in the world, with the ability to lift into orbit nearly 64 metric tons. SpaceX company has been preparing the launch for 7 years.

Text: Olena Sokolynska

Photo: Embassy of Ukraine in the USA, UkrInform