3:35 P.M. The commentators initiate the countdown, “T minus—60 seconds.” Crowds gather on-site and online with millions of viewers who are ready to witness a historical event: The Falcon Heavy Arabsat launch.
As one of the world’s most powerful rockets, it will launch the Arabsat 6A communication satellite, which will deliver television, internet, and mobile phone services to the Middle East, Africa, and Europe. But, the fulcrum of this launch was the rocket’s successful attempt to land its boosters and central core. For the first time in human history, three rocket components were able to land back on Earth safely—ready to be reused.
For this calculus project, we formulated an equation and designed a graph of the Falcon’s altitude. While we calculated its acceleration and velocity, we did not include factors such as air resistance. Although the statistics are already mind-blowing, it cannot surpass a visual representation; thus, we illustrated a short 2D animation of the Falcon’s launch, helping others to visualize the rocket to its graph.
Technology, internet, and codes were all birthed because of calculus, so we chose a website format for our medium—a medium that is extremely relevant to our society today. This is our prototype of the Falcon’s launch. (If it were to be recreated through basic calculus.)