Elon Musk is known for coming up with ideas that sound a lot like fool’s gold. However, if there’s one thing we’ve learned over the years; you do not underestimate this man. Ever. SpaceX CEO Elon Musk floated the idea of sending his car to outer space earlier this month. The news was treated as a prank at best but became quite real on Friday. Elon Musk has confirmed on Instagram that the first flight of SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy rocket is scheduled for January 2018. It also stated that the flight will be carrying Musk’s own midnight cherry-colored Tesla Roadster as the payload.
Falcon Heavy Mission Details
The mission’s destination is Mars with a catch; it won’t be landing on Red Planet. Instead, it will be going into a billion-year orbit around it. Musk also told that the car will be loop-playing David Bowie’s ‘Space Oddity’ throughout the journey. The song choice is befitting to the monumental mission.
Elon Musk tweeted the news first back on 1st December. It was considered to be a prank because the Falcon Heavy’s launch has seen delays already several times.
Payload will be my midnight cherry Tesla Roadster playing Space Oddity. Destination is Mars orbit. Will be in deep space for a billion years or so if it doesn’t blow up on ascent.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) December 2, 2017
Come Friday, however, Elon Musk posted pictures of his electric car placed between rocket’s payload fairings – blast shields found at the tip of the rocket installed for the protection of payloads.
A Red Car for the Red Planet Test flights of new rockets usually contain mass simulators in the form of concrete or steel blocks. That seemed extremely boring. Of course, anything boring is terrible, especially companies, so we decided to send something unusual, something that made us feel. The payload will be an original Tesla Roadster, playing Space Oddity, on a billion year elliptic Mars orbit.
Falcon Heavy Breaking Records
A successful launch of Falcon Heavy, irrespective of the payload, will break records in the aerospace sector. The 27 Merlin engines can generate 5.1 million pounds of thrust at full power. This renders it as the most powerful and currently operational rocket in the world.
SpaceX is also planning on recovering the rocket cores that will be used for this test launch thus enabling the company to use this rocket for future space missions to the moon and Mars. If all goes according to plan, the three boosters will be landing upright on Earth. Must recently posted on Twitter; “two cores return to base doing synchronized aerobatics. Third lands on droneship.”