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Elon Musk's Tesla Roadster in space: All you need to know

Elon Musk's Tesla Roadster in space: All you need to know

That's more than double the Falcon Heavy's thrust. Its payload - a full-size sports vehicle apparently sent up as a lark - is destined to reach Mars in six months, then orbit around the sun.

Nasa is also developing a super-rocket, but Mr Musk's, if successful, is much cheaper. Usually test flights carry nothing of value, like concrete blocks. "We immediately spotted the Tesla Roadster, quite bright... moving image after image across the stars".

Also includes a Hot Wheels toy model Roadster on the car's dash with a mini-Starman inside.

"It's kind of silly and fun, but I think silly, fun things are important", he added.

If you're Elon Musk, you up the ante. "It's still tripping me out". A plaque on the attachment fitting between the Falcon Heavy upper stage and the Tesla is etched with the names of more than 6,000 SpaceX employees. The original plan had the auto traveling only as far as Mars, coming close to the red planet but hopefully not nicking it. NASA's version is expected to cost more than 10 times as much.

"Perfect day for a cruise in a ragtop, " Arnold tweeted, offering congratulations to SpaceX.

Thousands traveled to the Space Coast to witness the 3:45 p.m. ET demonstration flight from Kennedy Space Center's pad 39A, jamming roads for hours after liftoff of the world's most powerful rocket. This payload means that Falcon Heavy offers increased possibilities for SpaceX, including the launch of bigger satellites for US intelligence and military, launching large batches of satellites (i.e.to help deliver global broadband), sending bigger robots to Mars or the outer planets of Jupiter, Saturn and their moons, and the transportation and launch of huge telescopes.




Mars is driving all of Musk's space efforts. The rocket can compensate for a few engine failures - it can even reach orbit with as many as six dead engines. No matter how old or young you are we can all agree that space is fascinating. Elon Musk, who founded SpaceX, the private enterprise responsible for launching the Falcon Heavy, said he hoped the launch would start a new "space race".

Musk revealed his most recent plan at a conference in Australia previous year. These short hops would take the ship several miles high and then come back down for a landing.

Tuesday's success of the Heavy provides a confidence boost to these future plans, Musk said.

Rocket recycling is the key to SpaceX's launch cost-cutting strategy.

About two and a half minutes after the launch, two of the three boosters on the rocket detached and landed upright, at the same time, at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. "This is a revolution, " Robert Zubrin said in a statement. And don't forget the Model Y, its compact crossover, or that battery-powered pickup truck Musk says he's been dreaming of for years.

However, according to Lori Garver, a former NASA deputy administrator, the company offered the United States government a chance to fly whatever payload it wanted - free of charge - before deciding on Musk's auto.

Go to the HORIZONS system, made by the Jet Propulsion Lab, reporter Eric Holthaus noted, and you can look up the "SpaceX Roadster" in a database of "solar-system bodies".


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