Only in America could a billionaire send a convertible into space.
Elon Musk, CEO of SpaceX, has had his biggest success to date: the launch of the Falcon Rocket, the most powerful of its kind since the shuttle program ended. The rocket was carrying special cargo: Musk’s personal convertible Tesla, with a dummy astronaut strapped into the driver’s seat. Video of the launch today is included below.
The launch went off without any major problems, as the video below shows.
SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy megarocket has finally blasted off from the launchpad at Cape Canaveral, carrying Elon Musk’s cherry red Tesla Roadster.
After pushing back the launch time twice today due to wind speeds, the massive rocket launched at 3:45, just before the launch window was set to close.
‘You’ve heard the call out – vehicle is supersonic’ the announcer said, as the rocket soared through the sky to massive cheers from the crowd below.
Just over three minutes into the launch, the side boosters succesfully detached from the rocket, marking a major milestone in the flight.
If all goes according to plan, the rocket will carry Elon Musk’s 2008 cherry red Tesla Roadster – blasting David Bowie’s hit Space Oddity – to an Earth-Mars orbit around the sun.
In what will be another historic move for the firm if successful, SpaceX says it plans to recover all three cores of the megarocket after the test flight.
After years of setbacks, the massive rocket capable of achieving a thrust equivalent to more than 18 Boeing 747 jetliners could finally take its maiden flight today, carrying Elon Musk’s sports car.
According to Musk, it will take roughly six months for the car to complete the more than 200 million mile journey to reach the red planet.
And, it’s expected to remain in orbit for about a billion years.
Ahead of the launch today, Musk released a stunning animation revealing how the plan would work.
The billionaire SpaceX CEO said the firm’s Falcon Heavy spacecraft will carry his Roadster on a billion-year journey through space ‘if it doesn’t explode into tiny pieces’.
Watch it here: