Space oddity: Tesla vehicle heading for Mars onboard first Falcon Heavy Rocket

04 December, 2017, 01:55 | Author: Carmen Reese
  • A slide from SpaceX CEO Elon Musk's presentation at IAC 2017

CEO Elon Musk revealed that the company is aiming to send it to the Martian orbit next month from the same iconic launch pad where Apollo 11 took off.

Musk, the CEO of both SpaceX and electric auto company Tesla, said the Falcon Heavy would be launched with the aim of putting its payload in orbit around Mars. While it does not have the thrust of the Saturn V moon rockets, it is smaller, lighter, and it is reusable. "Guaranteed to be exciting, one way or another", Musk tweeted on Saturday.

Musk uncovered that the payload inside the rocket would be his own particular Tesla Roadster (in midnight cherry shading, no less) which dispatch while playing Space Oddity by David Bowie. "Will be in deep space for a billion years or so if it doesn't blow up on ascent", he added.

As with pretty much all timetables announced by Musk, the launch date could still change.

If all goes well, Musk's little red Roadster will soon be sent soaring into the cosmos, forever enshrined in orbit around Mars.

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Always willing to up the stakes of an already hard situation, SpaceX CEO Elon Musk has said the first flight of his company's Falcon Heavy rocket will be used to send a Tesla Roadster into space.

That project will require an even larger rocket, though.

Falcon Heavy is the sequel to SpaceX's Falcon 9.

SpaceX plans to start building the first of those by the middle of next year, Musk said in late September. The Falcon Heavy can also transport a Dragon spacecraft. Its payload capacity is massive as well at 119,000 pounds, the equivalent of a fully loaded 737 jetliner.

Traditionally, rockets have been used just once, and are left to burn up in the atmosphere after a mission. Not only he did start a $51-billion auto company from scratch, but he also successfully managed to launch several dozen rockets - and also land and reuse part of them.

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