SpaceX and their CEO Elon Musk, is almost constantly and astronomically ambitious to future exploration into the unknown and, it seems, to be the only active thing in space at the moment. Except for aliens... right?
Towards the end of 2017, Musk announced that he is planning to send his personal Tesla Roadster into orbit, with a dummy sitting in the driving seat wearing a SpaceX spacesuit. Well, in the animation, it blares out David Bowie's Space Oddity when, in actual fact, the car will not just ride any test flight but rather in the highly anticipated launch of the Falcon Heavy rocket.
The Falcon Heavy rocket is said to be the most powerful operational rocket in the world by a factor of more than two; the SpaceX Falcon Heavy will have the ability to lift nearly 64 metric tons. This weight is greater than a 737 jetliner loaded with passengers, crew, luggage and fuel. For this particular launch, the first stage is composed of three Falcon 9 nine-engine cores that provide five million pounds of thrust.
After lift-off, and when in the outer atmosphere, there are two side boosters that will separate and return to their landing site for future use. Travelling even further now, the centre core of the Falcon Heavy will detach and return to land on a drone ship in the Atlantic Ocean.
The final stage of the rocket sees the spacecraft's top release the Tesla Roadster, where it will travel at a max velocity of 11 km/s until orbiting Mars. Whilst travelling 400 million km from the Earth, and working around the issue of listening to music in the vacuum of space, Musk claims the starman will be cruising whilst listening to David Bowie. The test flight will mark as another step towards possibly sending crews to the Moon and Mars.
SpaceX will be live-streaming the mission on YouTube.