Did the title get your attention? Ours too, and we wrote it. Please note, this is all completely accurate. Elon Musk has announced that he will send a Tesla Roadster into deep space today. It will be the “payload” for the SpaceX program’s premiere Falcon Heavy rocket launch.
What will be on the stereo is the natural first question, right?!? Well, you are in luck, because Musk has picked a jewel. David Bowie‘s “Space Oddity” will be the eternal soundtrack to the universe (if you are inside of the car). And we can only hope that this makes a skit or movie appearance later. Imagine seeing George Clooney floating away, knowing his last breath was imminent, and hearing the iconic song drifting through the far reaches of the galaxy. And then hot wiring that thing and hauling ass back to earth. I bet he’d hope for a new song by then.
Want to see a CGI video of it going down? Scroll onward.
According to a press release:
When Falcon Heavy lifts off, it will be the most powerful operational rocket in the world by a factor of two. With the ability to lift into orbit nearly 64 metric tons (141,000 lb)—a mass greater than a 737 jetliner loaded with passengers, crew, luggage and fuel–Falcon Heavy can lift more than twice the payload of the next closest operational vehicle, the Delta IV Heavy, at one-third the cost.
Falcon Heavy’s first stage is composed of three Falcon 9 nine-engine cores whose 27 Merlin engines together generate more than 5 million pounds of thrust at liftoff, equal to approximately eighteen 747 aircraft.
Following liftoff, the two side boosters separate from the center core and return to landing sites for future reuse. The center core, traveling further and faster than the side boosters, also returns for reuse, but lands on a drone ship located in the Atlantic Ocean.
At max velocity the Roadster will travel 11 km/s (7mi/s) and travel 400 million km (250 million mi) from Earth.