Musk wants to send his first Tesla Roadster in orbit around Mars

SpaceX will use the first Falcon Heavy to send a Tesla Roadster to Mars, Elon Musk says

Elon Musk plans to send a sports car to Mars on its Falcon Heavy rocket

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

SpaceX also ultimately plans to be able to recover all three rocket cores that power the Falcon Heavy, just like it's done over the a year ago with main rocket booster stage of its Falcon 9s.

If all goes well, Musk's little red Roadster will soon be sent soaring into the cosmos, forever enshrined in orbit around Mars. Will have double thrust of next largest rocket.

Musk says that the first Falcon Heavy's payload will be his midnight cherry Tesla Roadster playing Space Oddity song in it.

SpaceX CEO, Elon Musk, has recently tweeted that the company's massive new rocket called the Falcon Heavy will be launched in January. "Will be in deep space for a billion years or so if it doesn't blow up on the ascent".

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Falcon Heavy is the sequel to SpaceX's Falcon 9.

To put that figure in perspective, Spaceflight Now notes that the Falcon Heavy-at more than 229 feet tall and 3.1 million pounds-will have more thrust than any conventional rocket currently in use. With the ability to lift into orbit over 54 metric tons (119,000 lb)-a mass equivalent to a 737 jetliner loaded with passengers, crew, luggage and fuel-Falcon Heavy can lift more than twice the payload of the next closest operational vehicle, the Delta IV Heavy, at one-third the cost.

Falcon Heavy is the followup to SpaceX's Falcon 9.

Musk has spoken openly about the non-zero chance that the Falcon Heavy will explode during its first flight, and because of that he once said he wanted stick the "silliest thing we can imagine" on top of the rocket. It will carry out missions like making 30-minute transcontinental travel possible on Earth and helping to build a colony on Mars. Its objectives will be to identify hazards and confirm water resources while putting an initial life support, mining, and power infrastructure in place. Not that the first humans on Mars will be able to drive it.

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