SpaceX Falcon Heavy Carrying Tesla Roadster is Go for Launch
SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy rocket appears to be on track for its February 6 launch date, as SpaceX and Tesla CEO Elon Musk tweeted that the test flight will commence tomorrow at 1:30 pm EST. He then posted yet another image of the vessel’s payload: his very own first-gen Tesla Roadster.
Falcon Heavy remains go for launch at 1:30pm on Tuesday
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) February 5, 2018
Musk posted a photo of the Roadster on Instagram with the caption, “Starman in Red Roadster,” a reference to the space suit-wearing mannequin in the driver’s seat and the famous David Bowie song “Starman.” Musk previously said the Roadster would play Bowie’s “Space Oddity” on a constant loop when it gets into Mars orbit, where he says the car will remain for 1 billion years. But before the Roadster can carry out any of those interplanetary plans, it’ll have to get off of this planet first.
Starman in Red Roadster
The Falcon Heavy is said to be the world’s most powerful rocket in current operation, capable of lifting more than 119,000 pounds. Musk chose his personal Tesla Roadster as a test payload because he feels traditional mass simulators are “extremely boring.” If the test is successful, SpaceX hopes Falcon Heavy will one day shuttle people to Mars and beyond.
The rocket will take off from the Apollo launchpad at Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida, assuming fair weather and no unforeseen issues. Will a Tesla be the first car in space? We’ll find out tomorrow.