Last Friday, my friends and I had the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to watch a rocket launch during Bassnectar’s set at the Okeechobee Music Festival. Just over 100 miles from the Kennedy Space Center, we had a stunning view of the entire launch. A rocket launch by itself is an amazing site, but combining it with hard EDM drops and beats made the experience even more exciting and unforgettable.
Falcon 9 took off in order to deliver supplies to the International Space Station. The rocket’s Dragon capsule contained tons of supplies and experiments. This much weight requires a lot of power to fly up into space, which is why Falcon 9 has multiple stages. The first stage has 9 engines that generates over 1.7 million pounds of thrust at sea level. After separation, the second stage engine kicks in and brings the Dragon capsule into the desired orbit. This single engine delivers 934 kN of thrust to move the capsule in the vacuum of space. Thrust from the engine is what allows rockets to move forward in a vacuum.
Overall, it was so cool that I got to watch this launch in such a fun setting with my amazing friends. It’s an experience that I will cherish forever.