SpaceX to send a Tesla Roadster into outer space

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Musk, 46, made the announcement via Twitter on Friday, stating that a SpaceX rocket, known as the Falcon Heavy, will blast off from Cape Canaveral, site of the historic Apollo 11 mission.

"Payload will be my midnight cherry Tesla Roadster playing Space Oddity".

Musk also tweeted that the rockets' destination is Mars orbit. While it does not have the thrust of the Saturn V moon rockets, it is smaller, lighter, and it is reusable. Its 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. Not only he did start a $51-billion vehicle company from scratch, but he also successfully managed to launch several dozen rockets - and also land and reuse part of them. "Will be in deep space for a billion years or so if it doesn't blow up on ascent", he added. Musk himself has said that the first Falcon Heavy launch may end in disaster or fail to achieve Earth orbit, much less complete a Hohmann transfer and head for Mars. It will have its maiden voyage somewhere at the beginning of 2018 (current launch date is set somewhere in January), and people wondered what it could use as a payload.

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In the meantime, the Falcon Heavy is meant to boost the amount of cargo SpaceX can take into space for its customers. The stronger force the Falcon Heavy will allow the company to perform missions beyond the low orbit area of Earth.

He wants to land at least two of the spacecraft on Mars in 2022 carrying equipment - and then ones transporting people in 2024.

Musk has spoken openly about the non-zero chance that the Falcon Heavy will explode during its first flight, and because of that he once said he wanted stick the "silliest thing we can imagine" on top of the rocket.