Saturday, 24 February, 2018

Musk to Put His Personal Tesla Into Mars Orbit

Falcon Heavy is the followup to SpaceX’s Falcon 9. It’s a more powerful rocket that the company hopes to use for missions to the Moon and Mars SpaceX to send a Tesla Roadster into outer space
Melinda Barton | 05 December, 2017, 20:09

The vehicle "will be in deep space for a billion years or so if it doesn't blow up on ascent", Musk wrote.

In what can only be described as "the weird news of the day", Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla has announced that the next SpaceX mission rocket will carry a very unique payload - his own first generation Tesla Roadster.

This is how the founder, chief executive and largest shareholder of both SpaceX and Tesla Inc does cross-marketing pro-motion.

The auto, as it hurtles into space, will be playing a song by David Bowie on repeat.

The auto will be on board the "Falcon Heavy", which is now the largest commercial rocket in existence and possibly only rivalled by the massive moon mission Apollo rockets that flew in the 1960s and 70s.

"'Falcon Heavy" to launch next month from "Apollo 11' pad at the Cape [Cape Canaveral, Florida]".

The rocket, which uses 27 Merlin engines (in three blocks of 9 engines), will generate 5 million pounds of thrust.

A half-dozen Mars scientists contacted by BuzzFeed News declined to comment on the proposal, perhaps wary of antagonizing the rocket company they hope will someday ship their scientific probes into space.

Thus continues the long tradition of SpaceX's launch promotional stunts. The business tycoon has also divulged that Falcon 9's more powerful sibling will carry his personal midnight cherry Tesla Roadster to space. SpaceX has Falcon Heavy launches for satellite customers and the U.S. military on its manifest.

"Any time you have a new rocket launching, you're going to learn a lot", said Phil Larson, a former space policy adviser to President Barack Obama who worked for SpaceX and is now at the University of Colorado.