Elon Musk Is Putting His Personal Tesla Into Mars' Orbit

Rendition of SpaceX's BFR launch vehicle

Musk began by revealing details of the first Falcon Heavy launch, which is scheduled to take place next month, "from Apollo 11 pad at the Cape". The business tycoon has also divulged that Falcon 9's more powerful sibling will carry his personal midnight cherry Tesla Roadster to space.

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 previous year with main rocket booster stage of its Falcon 9s. Saudi Arabia also announced a $1bn investment in Richard Branson's Virgin Galactic, The Spaceship Company and Virgin Orbit with the aim of creating a space-centric entertainment industry.

"Will have double thrust of next largest rocket", he said. The test will be the first time SpaceX has fired 27 of the Merlin 1D engines at the same time.

Musk, the CEO of both SpaceX and electric vehicle company Tesla, said the Falcon Heavy would be launched with the aim of putting its payload in orbit around Mars. The company pushed back Heavy's first flight a few times: it was originally gunning for a summer launch but eventually moved it to November (and then again to December).

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It will, Musk predicted, "be in deep space for a billion years or so if it doesn't blow up on ascent".

It has said that reused rockets will be a part of the maiden launch of the Falcon Heavy, which is essentially three Falcon 9 rockets, the company's current workhorse, strapped together.

In the meantime, the Falcon Heavy is meant to boost the amount of cargo SpaceX can take into space for its customers. Currently, Falcon 9 can bring just over 50,000lb to lower Earth orbit.

Falcon Heavy is the followup to SpaceX's Falcon 9. The spacecraft from these initial missions will also serve as the beginnings of SpaceX's first Mars base where they will build a thriving city and gradually a self-sustaining civilization on the planet.

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