Elon Musk Launches Sports Car into Space

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Elon Musk’s Space-X has launched the world’s most powerful rocket with his own sports car on top.

The test flight of the Falcon Heavy rocket took place successfully on February 6, 2018 at 1:30 PM ET from Launch Complex 39A at Kennedy Space Centre in Florida.

Musk's rocket has entered the record books as it is the most powerful one ever launched by a factor of two.

Because this was the maiden flight of the rocket, Musk decided to risk his old cherry-red Tesla roadster as the payload.

 

Musk's Tesla now flying through space, playing David Bowie's Space Oddity, with a dummy astronaut strapped in the driver's seat:

Mark Sisson, Senior Port Planner and Analyst, AECOM has spoken about Musk's plans in his Port Technology Q&A

 

Following lift-off, the rocket's two side boosters successfully separated from the centre core and returned to their landing sites for future reuse. 

The center core, traveling further and faster than the side boosters, also returned for reuse, but landed on a drone ship located in the Atlantic Ocean.

At max velocity, the Roadster was traveling at 11 kilometres per second through space.

It is estimated that it will travel 400 million kilometres from Earth, finally putting the most common criticism about the range of electric cars to bed.

 

The Falcon Heavy Test Flight was broadcasted live:

Read more: The authority for Port of Canaveral in Florida has released an ambitious 30-year plan which includes investment for a 'Spaceport' that supports the commercial space industry

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