LIVE NOW! SpaceX Live Views of Starman CAR IN SPACE!
On February 6th 3:45pm EST SpaceX launched their amazing Falcon Heavy rocket. In the nose of the rocket was STARMAN sitting in his Tesla car! It is hoped the car will be thrown into an elliptical orbit that stretches out to Mars' orbit around the Sun. The car will take at least six months to travel the 200 million miles to Mars.
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — SpaceX is poised to make history by launching the world's fourth electric car into space.
Years in the making, the commercial spaceflight company is preparing to launch its first Falcon Heavy rocket, which as its name implies, is a heavy-lift booster built from a core stage and two of SpaceX's Falcon 9 recoverable rockets. According to SpaceX, when the Falcon Heavy lifts off, it will be "the most powerful operational rocket in the world by a factor of two."
Only NASA's Saturn V rocket, which carried six crews — and three electric cars — to the moon almost 50 years ago, could deliver more payload to orbit. (The space shuttle had more thrust at launch than the Falcon Heavy, but had a lower payload capacity.) [Watch SpaceX Launch Falcon Heavy at 1:30 pm ET]
Even though the Falcon Heavy is based on the design of the proven (and flight-proven, or reflown) Falcon 9, its configuration is new and so carries new risks. The rocket's 27 Merlin engines must fire in unison and the two side mounted boosters need to separate from the core — something SpaceX has never done in flight.
By the courtesy of: SpaceX live Feed From the HDEV live cameras aboard the Tesla. Watch the earth roll by.