Saturday, 16 December, 2017

SpaceX's first Falcon Heavy will carry Musk's Tesla Roadster to Mars

SpaceX will use the first Falcon Heavy to send a Tesla Roadster to Mars, Elon Musk says Elon Musk plans to send a sports car to Mars on its Falcon Heavy rocket
Frank Williams | 03 December, 2017, 05:41

Let me give you a quick flashback, Tesla unveiled its first electric Semi Truck and Roadster fastest sports vehicle.

"Space Oddity" is the legendary David Bowie song about a space mission that appears to go wrong. Musk expects his Roadster to remain in deep space for a billion year - unless Falcon Heavy blows up on its way to the red planet. The Falcon Heavy rocket features 27 Merlin engines and boasts at least double the thrust of any other rocket on the market. Guaranteed to be exciting, one way or another, ' Musk posted. The billionaire who is also famous for his futuristic claims is now planning to put his personal Tesla into Mars' orbit.

While it would be spectacular to see SpaceX's heavy-lift rocket ferry a Tesla to Mars next month, it may be best to temper your expectations. It was originally supposed to take flight back in 2013 or 2014, but its maiden flight is now pegged for January 2018, according to Musk.

Following reports that time was up for the dispatch in 2017 - it had initially been a plan for November - SpaceX CEO Elon Musk has apparently affirmed that it will happen at some point in December.

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Falcon Heavy is, in overly simple terms, three of the company's Falcon 9 rockets strapped together.

SpaceX also plans to be able to recover all three rocket cores that power the Falcon Heavy, just like it has done over the previous year with main rocket booster stage of its Falcon 9 rockets, according to The Verge. If that's the case, we'll bet he's already made peace with the possibility of his Roadster blowing up into a million pieces.

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

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