Elon Musk wants to launch his own Tesla Roadster on the first test flight of SpaceX’s new giant rocket next month.
So, the long-delayed launch of SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy might finally happen in January. The launch will take place from Pad 39A at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida. That’s the same NASA launch pad that sent the Apollo 11 astronauts to the moon.
“Falcon Heavy to launch next month from Apollo 11 pad at the Cape,” Musk tweeted. “Will have double thrust of next largest rocket. Guaranteed to be exciting, one way or another.”
Elon Musk said in a series of tweets on Friday night, he plans to launch his red Tesla Roadster to Mars in 2018. Also, the car will play David Bowie’s “Space Oddity” along the way. How cool is that?
“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,” he made another tweet.
So, as the billionaire entrepreneur says, there’s a good chance the first Falcon Heavy rocket test could fail.
However, the Falcon Heavy is able to hold large payloads of up to 57 metric tons (119,000 lbs.). It uses two Falcon 9 first stages around a central core. It’s 230 feet (70 meters) tall.
Engineers designed its boosters to land back to Earth for reusability, much like SpaceX’s Falcon 9 first stages.
The powerful rocket ship intends “to carry humans into space and restores the possibility of flying missions with crew to the Moon or Mars.”
However, Musk hopes people will come to see SpaceX’s new rocket make its first flight.
“I encourage people to come down to the Cape to see the first Falcon Heavy mission,” he said in July. “It’s guaranteed to be exciting.”
Thumbnail image: A computer rendering of SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy rocket launching toward space. Credit: SpaceX/Youtube