Elon Musk Is Putting His Personal Tesla Into Mars' Orbit

  • Elon Musk Is Putting His Personal Tesla Into Mars' Orbit

Elon Musk Is Putting His Personal Tesla Into Mars' Orbit

Elon Musk with a comical grin while sitting in his red Tesla Roadster.

Falcon Heavy to launch next month from Apollo 11 pad at the Cape.

The first Falcon Heavy's "payload will be my midnight cherry Tesla Roadster playing Space Oddity", Musk wrote on Twitter, referencing the famous David Bowie song.

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

Many giddy Twitter and Reddit users nearly immediately let loose a stream of potential ridiculous slogans: "the first production auto to orbit Mars", "new Tesla Roadster upgrade has a range of 54 million kilometers", "Fastest production vehicle", etcetera.

Musk has now confirmed via tweet that he will send his very own Roadster to space through its Falcon Heavy rocket.

Falcon Heavy is a beefed up version of the company's Falcon 9 rocket which, along with its Dragon craft capsule, has been used multiple times to bring supplies to astronauts on board the International Space Station, before safely returning to Earth.

"She will remain in space for billions of years, if not explode at the start", said Musk. The tech billionaire seems excited about this launch as he says, "the destination is Mars orbit".

It is a more powerful rocket that SpaceX hopes to use for missions to the Moon and Mars. The attempted recovery of all three cores would appear to preclude the possibility of a Mars mission, as it is understood that Falcon Heavy's payload to Mars in its fully reusable configuration would be ~4000kg. It therefore will be capable of creating around three times the thrust of a single Falcon 9 rocket, allowing SpaceX to perform missions beyond low Earth orbit.

SpaceX also plans to be able to recover all three rocket cores that power the "Falcon Heavy", just like it has done over the a year ago with main rocket booster stage of its "Falcon 9" rockets, according to The Verge.