Tesla Roadster Enters Orbit
Tesla and SpaceX business magnate, Elon Musk, has successfully launched the Falcon Heavy with a Tesla Roadster flying atop the rocket.
Back at the start of December, Elon Musk sent Twitter into shock and awe, announcing that the Falcon Heavy rocket would be carrying a midnight cherry Tesla Roadster into orbit. If that was not enough it would be his own midnight cherry Tesla Roadster, and play David Bowie’s “Space Oddity” as it made its journey into space for up to a billion years.
Payload will be my midnight cherry Tesla Roadster playing Space Oddity. Destination is Mars orbit. Will be in deep space for a billion years or so if it doesn’t blow up on ascent.— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) December 2, 2017
Falcon Heavy took off from the Apollo 11 Launchpad yesterday at about 8:45pm GMT, with the launch going incredibly smoothly. The booster separation was flawless, with two of the rockets coming back down to Earth with a perfect and synchronised landing. However what was arguably more intriguing, were the shots from the Tesla Roadster spearheading the journey.
Once the payload fairing opened, the Tesla Roadster was revealed, showcasing the vehicle and “Starman” - an appropriately named mannequin wearing a space suit sitting behind the wheel. We were treated to shots of the passenger cruising past earth, that Musk himself said looks “so ridiculous and impossible.” He continued saying that “You can tell it’s real, because it looks so fake. We would have way better CGI if it was fake.”
A new Tesla Roadster is was also unveiled in November alongside the Tesla Electric Truck. The next-generation roadster is expected to be the fast production vehicle in existence, capable of 0-60 miles per hour in a mere 1.9 seconds. Whilst it may not create the same amount of power as the Falcon Heavy, this is still a stunning vehicle that will be sure to benefit from the press coverage.
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