Elon Musk to launch Tesla car on Red Planet

Elon Musk could be working on a top secret new Tesla code-named Project Goldfinger

SpaceX CEO and chief executive Elon Musk has declared that the first flight of his company’s Falcon Heavy missile will carry a Tesla Roadster, promoted as the fastest car in the world with record-setting acceleration, range and performance into Martian orbit. The Tech entrepreneur Musk has said he plans to send his own Tesla car into orbit around Mars with David Bowie’s Space Oddity playing on the stereo during launch.

He unveiled that the company is expected to put its first Falcon Heavy rocket into space next month, firing off from the same Florida launch pad as the Apollo 11 mission. He stated that the spacecraft would be carrying an unusual cargo, the billionaire’s own Tesla Roadster, manufactured by his other significant business interest.

Musk, who has earlier stated he wanted to put “the silliest thing we can imagine” on board the Falcon Heavy’s maiden voyage. Space X program to send the craft into orbit around the red planet and Musk proposed his Tesla could be floating in the deep space for a billion years if the trial rocket does not collapse.

He tweeted that “Falcon Heavy to launch next month from Apollo 11 pad at the Cape,” “Guaranteed to be interesting, one way or another.”

The payload will be my midnight cherry Tesla Roadster playing Space Oddity. The objective is the red planet’s orbit. Will be in wide space for a billion years or so if it doesn’t blow up on the ascent.

Musk’s statement the Falcon Heavy rocket is ready to be examined next month contradicts prior statements by SpaceX that the launch had been driven back to 2018. Its first flight was initially scheduled for 2013 but has repeatedly been launched back in the ages since.

Falcon Heavy is a more robust follow-up to the company’s Falcon 9 rocket, which was first experimented in 2010 and has since been launched more than 40 times. The Tesla Roadster weighs about 1,250 kilograms, measures nearly 3.9 meters long and spans nearly 1.7 meters wide, according to Car and Driver magazine. That’s well within the Falcon Heavy’s lift ability to go to Mars.

Musk’s tweet left clear the puzzle of whether the Roadster would enter orbit around the Mars, or fly to the distance of the red planet’ orbit, possibly for a flyby. To embed itself into orbit around the red planet, the car would need a rocket pack to slow down for acquisition by Martian gravity.

SpaceX previously planned to dispatch a “Red Dragon” capsule to land toward Mars in 2020, but that project was cancelled in favour of the larger BFR initiative, which Musk claimed could be ready as soon as 2024, a goal he admitted was “aspirational.”

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Kanishk Singh, co-founder, and editor-in-chief at The TeCake, has forayed in the Science and Space for over five years, he enjoys his stint as an editor of several local magazines. He has written several editorials and high-level documentations.

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