Elon Musk knows how to have fun and how to promote his beloved brand Tesla. On February 6th 3:45pm EST SpaceX launched their amazing Falcon Heavy rocket. In the nose of the rocket was STARMAN sitting in his Tesla car! SpaceX’s historic launch of Falcon Heavy from the Kennedy Space Center at Cape Canaveral, Fla., put the rocket on a mission traveling for hundreds of millions of years into deep space.
That’s right Musk put his environmentally friendly sports car into space as the rocket carried a Tesla Roadster. And behind the wheel was a fake spaceman or more to the point a space-suited mannequin dubbed Starman. A battery-powered camera is mounted on the car, you can share in the early hours of the cherry red convertible’s journey which you can tune to watch “LIVE” via the YouTube Video below.
So what’s actually going on? Well as USA Today explains, “A new rocket demonstrating flight typically carries a block of concrete with it to simulate the mass of a spacecraft. Elon Musk, the CEO of both SpaceX and Tesla, decided that was too boring. Thus, a red Tesla and Spaceman.
A final burn by an engine on the Falcon Heavy rocket aimed to boost the car into an orbit around the sun stretching as far out as Mars.
“And I think the imagery of it is something that’s going to get people excited around the world,” Musk said. “And it’s still tripping me out.”
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — SpaceX is poised to make history by launching the world’s fourth electric car into space. Years in the making, the commercial spaceflight company is preparing to launch its first Falcon Heavy rocket, which as its name implies, is a heavy-lift booster built from a core stage and two of SpaceX’s Falcon 9 recoverable rockets. According to SpaceX, when the Falcon Heavy lifts off, it will be “the most powerful operational rocket in the world by a factor of two.”
Only NASA’s Saturn V rocket, which carried six crews — and three electric cars — to the moon almost 50 years ago, could deliver more payload to orbit. (The space shuttle had more thrust at launch than the Falcon Heavy, but had a lower payload capacity.) [Watch SpaceX Launch Falcon Heavy at 1:30 pm ET] Even though the Falcon Heavy is based on the design of the proven (and flight-proven, or reflown) Falcon 9, its configuration is new and so carries new risks. The rocket’s 27 Merlin engines must fire in unison and the two side mounted boosters need to separate from the core — something SpaceX has never done in flight. By the courtesy of: SpaceX live Feed From the HDEV live cameras aboard the Tesla.
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Source: USA Today