SpaceX to send a Tesla Roadster into outer space

SpaceX’s new “Falcon Heavy” rocket to carry Tesla Roadster to Mars

The business tycoon has also divulged that Falcon 9's more powerful sibling will carry his personal midnight cherry Tesla Roadster to space. The space and electric vehicle mogul tweeted on Friday that the rocket would be carrying "my midnight cherry Tesla Roadster", aimed at the orbit of Mars.

With 27 rockets and the ability to launch nearly three times the amount of payload into orbit SpaceX is hoping its new rocket will become the gold standard for sending equipment and humans into space. Musk said the Tesla Roadster will be playing David Bowie's "Space Oddity" on repeat during its trip to Mars.

Falcon Heavy is a blend of three Falcon 9 rockets strapped together, according to Tech Times.

Falcon Heavy's maiden flight will reportedly take part in January 2018. It has nine first-stage engines, giving it the capability to complete its mission even if it loses an engine, according to SpaceX. Falcon Heavy is a far more powerful rocket that has been in development for years. That date has slipped, not least because of early problems with the Falcon 9's engine cluster, and launch failures.




"Just like the first flight of a new jumbo jet doesn't go with a full complement of passengers, it makes sense to do a launch where you can learn a lot, but the payload isn't mission-critical", University of Colorado space policy expert Phil Larson, who has worked at both SpaceX and the Office of Science and Technology Policy, told BuzzFeed News. Destination is Mars orbit.

Elon Musk, founder and CEO of the spaceflight company, said the rocket will launch in January from the Apollo 11 pad at Cape Canaveral. The company plans to use the rocket for missions to the moon and Mars.

The company eventually wants to create a self-sustaining city on the red planet.

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