Musk Parks His Tesla In Orbit

Musk predicted self-driving cars would hit the streets in the next two years

Elon Musk reveals Tesla is developing its own custom AI chip for autonomous vehicles

In a freakish intersection of the two unrelated companies, Elon Musk's electric vehicle, the powerful Tesla Roadster, is set to be launched into orbit around Mars in the upcoming expedition from SpaceX.

There's no secret that Elon Musk is an innovator when it comes to technology and space travel.

Elon Musk, founder and boss of SpaceX, wants to send his Tesla red convertible in deep space to Mars to the edge of his new fuse of large capacity, "Falcon Heavy", whose first flight is expected at the earliest in January next year.

The first test, which will precede the attempt to fire a Tesla Roadster into Mars orbit, will be a "static fire" in which all of the engines are activated at once.

With 27 rockets and the ability to launch almost three times the amount of payload into orbit SpaceX is hoping its new rocket will become the gold standard for sending equipment and humans into space.

"Just bear in mind that there is a good chance this monster rocket blows up, so I wouldn't put anything of irreplaceable sentimental value on it".

The Falcon Heavy has been created to carry crew and supplies to deep space destinations such as the moon and the Red Planet. With the capability to propel 54 metric tons - roughly the weight of a full Boeing 737 jet - into space, the inclusion Elon Musk's electric auto doesn't seem that outlandish. SpaceX confirmed last night that this will actually happen, but there's thus far no set date for the launch from Cape Canaveral in Florida.

According to the company, The Falcon Heavy will be the world's most powerful rocket by a factor or two, and capable of lifting almost 120,000 pounds into Earth orbit. Three months later, in the space of a weekend, it pulled off two successful rocket missions.

SpaceX also said that the Falcon Heavy is also most likely the rocket that would take the two undisclosed passengers who have paid a deposit to fly around the Moon in late 2018.

Altre Notizie