SpaceX's new "Falcon Heavy" rocket to carry Tesla Roadster to Mars

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

Elon Musk wants to ship his to Mars.

SpaceX CEO Elon Musk has announced that the first flight of his company's "Falcon Heavy" rocket will carry a Tesla Roadster - touted as the quickest auto in the world with record-setting acceleration, range and performance - into Martian orbit.

The launch date of SpaceX's latest "Falcon Heavy" rocket has been delayed.

A SpaceX official has confirmed that the Tesla payload is real and expected to launch to Mars' vicinity on the Falcon Heavy in a launch slated for the same Florida launchpad that sent NASA's Apollo astronauts to the moon. The answer is somewhere between the second and third options, according to Musk and anonymous SpaceX sources.

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


It might sound like Musk has lost the plot, but ArsTechnica was able to confirm that the SpaceX founder really intends to send an electric vehicle into space.

The auto "will be in deep space for a billion years or so if it doesn't blow up on ascent", Musk wrote. The proposed roadster trip falls more into line with other whimsical first launch payloads, such as the return cargo of the first Dragon flight in 2010 including a wheel of Gruyere cheese. Falcon Heavy is capable of carrying 17 metric tons of cargo to Mars' orbit, Quartz reported, or 63 metric tons to low-Earth orbit.

SpaceX president/COO Gwynne Shotwell went on the record last week saying (to Aviation Week magazine) that there will be a static test-firing of the giant rocket's engines in December, and that the launch will follow in January 2018 at the earliest.

The curiously long interstellar visitor, the most elongated asteroid ever seen to the fascination of space scientists, is headed out of our solar system at 58,000 miles per hour and it would require that the probe would slingshot past Jupiter and dip close to the sun to pick up speed to catch up to Oumuamua. "But maybe one of the future launches could be used".

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