Musk to send auto into space

SpaceX’s new “Falcon Heavy” rocket to carry Tesla Roadster to Mars

Musk to send auto into space

Mock Elon Musk's plan to launch his personal Tesla roadster to Mars on a brand-new SpaceX rocket if you must, but it's more than just ridiculous inter-planetary brand synergy: It's bringing the technology mogul back to his roots.

The auto will then be put into orbit around Mars in its own little capsule while it belts out David Bowie's legendary song "Space Oddity" presumably to aliens to intercept. It goes without saying that the song will be "Space Oddity"-and that this plan was announced, like so many of Musk's business decisions, in a cryptic message on Twitter over the weekend".

Musk tweeted Friday night that the Falcon Heavy's first test will have his midnight cherry Tesla Roadster on-board.

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It is scheduled to launch from the Apollo 11 pad at the Kennedy Space Center, Cape Canaveral, in a month. He has even coined a tagline for the event: "Red vehicle for a red planet".

Falcon Heavy is the followup to SpaceX's Falcon 9. Company executives previously spoke of how hard it is to build such a large rocket-powered by three Falcon 9 cores, meaning it has thrice the thrust of original Falcon 9.

SpaceX was hoping to launch the heavy-lift rocket before the year was out until recently. This time he wants to send his own Tesla Roadster into Mars' orbit. Originally announced in 2011 with a planned launch in 2013, the development of the Falcon Heavy proved to be much more hard than SpaceX expected. The company has already flown 16 missions in 2017, double the number in 2016, and is slated to ferry cargo to the International Space Station on December 8 as part of its contract with Nasa.

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