Earlier this month, Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk took to Twitter to announce the launch of SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy rocket. In a second tweet, he said the payload for the test flight would be his own personal first-generation Tesla Roadster. A post that appeared on Instagram today shows he was dead serious.
The gallery post of seven images shows the Roadster mounted at a 45-degree angle to a pedestal inside the two unassembled halves of the payload fairing. Launching a car into space sounds like something Musk would do, but this is the first confirmation that it’s actually happening.
A Red Car for the Red Planet Test flights of new rockets usually contain mass simulators in the form of concrete or steel blocks. That seemed extremely boring. Of course, anything boring is terrible, especially companies, so we decided to send something unusual, something that made us feel. The payload will be an original Tesla Roadster, playing Space Oddity, on a billion year elliptic Mars orbit.
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As Musk writes in the post, mass simulators like concrete and steel are “boring,” so the decision was made to “send something unusual, something that made us feel.” According to Musk, the car will be locked in Mars orbit for 1 billion years playing David Bowie’s “Space Oddity” for as long as it has power. That is, of course, assuming it doesn’t blow up after launch. The Falcon Heavy is a reusable heavy-lift rocket designed to get large payloads into space. It was built with the intention of one day getting humans to Mars. The first test launch is scheduled for January 2018.
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