Is Elon Musk's story about sending a auto to Mars fake news?

Is Elon Musk's story about sending a auto to Mars fake news?

Always willing to up the stakes of an already hard situation, SpaceX CEO Elon Musk has said the first flight of his company's Falcon Heavy rocket will be used to send a Tesla Roadster into space.

To put that figure in perspective, Spaceflight Now notes that the Falcon Heavy-at more than 229 feet tall and 3.1 million pounds-will have more thrust than any conventional rocket currently in use.

Billionaire technology magnate Elon Musk plans to launch a Tesla Roadster to Mars next month with it blaring David Bowie on the stereo.

SpaceX successfully completed a "static fire test" of the "world's most powerful" rocket back in May.

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Meanwhile, earlier this year, Musk said at a press conference that "Falcon Heavy" might not even make it to orbit the first time it leaves the atmosphere. CEO Elon Musk revealed that the company is aiming to send it to the Martian orbit next month from the same iconic launch pad where Apollo 11 took off.

Previously, Musk said that the first rocket launch with the big share of probability can fail. "Will be in deep space for a billion years or so if it doesn't blow up on ascent", he added. The Falcon Heavy rocket features 27 Merlin engines and boasts at least double the thrust of any other rocket on the market.

SpaceX also plans to be able to recover all three rocket cores that power the "Falcon Heavy", just like it has done over the past year with main rocket booster stage of its "Falcon 9" rockets, according to The Verge.

According to Space Flight Now, the Falcon Heavy still has to pass some major hurdles before Musk's planned Ziggy Stardust stunt in January, however. The stronger force the Falcon Heavy will allow the company to perform missions beyond the low orbit area of Earth. Musk is hopeful it actually makes it up into the air, partly because his auto may (or may not) be part of the Falcon Heavy's initial cargo.

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