Musk Parks His Tesla In Orbit

Remigio Civitarese
Dicembre 8, 2017

There's no secret that Elon Musk is an innovator when it comes to technology and space travel.

The Chief Executive of SpaceX has recently state that when the company's rocket launches in January, the "payload will be my midnight cherry Roadster...[The] destination is Mars orbit".

With 27 rockets and the ability to launch almost 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.

The Falcon Heavy Rocket is an engineering marvel, created to carry crew and supplies to various deep space destinations like the moon and Mars.

The billionaire owner has a history of tweeting out information that is so unexpected that people can't tell whether he's serious or joking, but this statement seems pretty legitimate.

"Just bear in mind that there is a good chance this monster rocket blows up, so I wouldn't put anything of irreplaceable sentimental value on it", he was quoted as saying.

Falcon Heavy, a qualified "most powerful rocket in the world", is meant to propel in space crews, astronauts and equipment to destinations beyond earth orbit, like the Moon and Mars.

SpaceX confirmed last night the plan is for real, though no date has been set yet for the launch from Cape Canaveral in Florida.

With a capacity of 54 tons, it can put into orbit loads twice as heavy as the launcher to the Delta IV Heavy, the american company United Launch Alliance, which is now the most powerful in service.

This is two times the load the current biggest rocket in operation, the Delta IV Heavy, can propel.

The Falcon Heavy has 27 engines - three times the number SpaceX's Falcon 9 rockets have.

Reusing the rocket and the spacecraft drastically reduces the cost of making trips to space, which is why NASA has been very enthusiastic about using the services of SpaceX for supply missions to the ISS.

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