Published: Mon, December 04, 2017
Science | By Eileen Rhodes

Elon Musk Is Putting His Personal Tesla Into Mars' Orbit

Elon Musk Is Putting His Personal Tesla Into Mars' Orbit

"Falcon Heavy to launch next month from Apollo 11 pad at the Cape". CEO Elon Musk said that he will send personal Tesla Roadster as the payload.

If all goes well, Musk's little red Roadster will soon be sent soaring into the cosmos, forever enshrined in orbit around Mars. Company executives previously spoke of how hard it is to build such a large rocket-powered by three Falcon 9 cores, meaning it has thrice the thrust of original Falcon 9.

As stated in the above tweets, it seems that the Falcon Heavy is to be launched with the intention of reaching Mars orbit - provided there are no hiccups with the launch.

It will also be twice as powerful as the next largest rocket now in use in this country.

The arranged goal is Mars and, all being great, Musk said his vehicle would be in the planet's circle for "a billion years".

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According to Space Flight Now, the Falcon Heavy still has to pass some major hurdles before Musk's planned Ziggy Stardust stunt in January, however. The company pushed back Heavy's first flight a couple of times: it was originally gunning for a summer launch but eventually moved it to November (and then again to December).

The rocket will be capable of lifting more than 54 metric tons, which is equal to a 737 jetliner full of fuel, luggage, crew, and passengers.

The Falcon Heavy is also created to be reusable. As if bringing humans to the Red Planet were not hard enough, he has now announced he wants to send his Tesla sports auto too.

Elon Musk ultimately wants to build a mega-rocket known as the Interplanetary Transport System, which will basically make the Falcon 9 and Falcon Heavy obsolete, as well as take on their duties. Falcon Heavy was designed from the outset to carry humans into space and restores the possibility of flying missions with crew to the Moon or Mars.

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