SpaceX's new "Falcon Heavy" rocket to carry Tesla Roadster to Mars

In what can only be described as "the freakish news of the day", Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla has announced that the next SpaceX mission rocket will carry a very unique payload - his own first generation Tesla Roadster.

Musk Tweeted on December 1st that he would pre-set the car's sound system to be playing David Bowie's "Space Oddity" as his rocket blasted off from Cape Canaveral.

The auto "will be in deep space for a billion years or so if it doesn't blow up on ascent", Musk wrote. A person familiar with the launch plan at SpaceX Inc confirmed that it is real.

While it would be marvelous to see SpaceX's heavy-lift rocket carry a Tesla to Mars next month, it may be best to limit our expectations. He has even coined a tagline for the event: "Red auto for a red planet".

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While a Falcon 9 has nine Merlin engines, a Falcon Heavy has 27.

SpaceX now flies its Falcon 9 rocket for customers that include Nasa, commercial satellite operators, and the U.S. military.

With 27 rockets and the ability to launch nearly 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. The red Tesla Roadster will be sent to space on a mission to the red planet, Mars. The company pushed back Heavy's first flight a couple of times: it was originally gunning for a summer launch but eventually moved it to November (and then again to December). "Just like the first flight of a new jumbo jet doesn't go with a full complement of passengers, it makes sense to do a launch where you can learn a lot but the payload isn't mission critical".

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