Elon Musk is sending his red Tesla to Mars next month

Postado Dezembro 08, 2017

"[It] will be in deep space for a billion years or so if it doesn't blow up on ascent".

The billionaire entrepreneur tweeted his plans last week and it was uncertain whether he was joking.

The Falcon Heavy Rocket is an engineering marvel, created to carry crew and supplies to various deep space destinations like the moon and Mars. SpaceX hopes to hoist the Falcon Heavy on the shooting range historic pad 39A, at the Kennedy Space Center near Cape Canaveral in Florida, by the end of December to complete a test ignition of its 27 engines in preparation for a launch in January.

"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".

Falcon Heavy, a qualified "most powerful rocket in the world", is meant to propel in space crews, astronauts and equipment to destinations beyond earth orbit, like the Moon and Mars. 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 vehicle doesn't seem that outlandish.

This is two times the load the current biggest rocket in operation, the Delta IV Heavy, can propel.

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.

Then, in March, the California-based company made history when it launched and retrieved a rocket which had successfully returned after a previous launch.

However, its missions haven't always gone to plan.

Reusing the rocket and the spacecraft drastically reduces the cost of making trips to space, which is why NASA has been very enthusiastic about using the services of SpaceX for supply missions to the ISS. In September 2016, an unmanned rocket carrying a satellite meant to be used by Facebook exploded during a routine test.