Elon Musk’s cherry-red coupe will serve as a dummy payload for the Falcon Heavy’s maiden voyage.
SpaceX has scheduled its first test launch for the Falcon Heavy rocket, carrying Elon Musk’s cherry-red Tesla Roadster into space as a dummy payload.
“Aiming for first flight of Falcon Heavy on Feb. 6 from Apollo launchpad 39A at Cape Kennedy,” Musk wrote on Twitter. “Easy viewing from the public causeway.”
The heavy-lift rocket combines three Falcon 9 cores to provide more thrust than any rocket built since the Saturn V reached the Moon. It is said to carry essentially double the payload of the next biggest rocket available currently to launch customers.
The Falcon 9 is a proven launch platform, however Musk last year cautioned that there is a “real good chance” the Falcon Heavy will not make it to orbit.
“I hope it makes it far enough away from the pad that it does not cause pad damage – I would consider even that a win, to be honest,” he said in July at the International Space Station Research and Development Conference, as quoted by Fortune. (content credit: January 29, 2018, Justin King, Left Lane, leftlanenews.com)
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