The Tesla boss decided to send his own personal Tesla Roadster – the electric brand’s first model a decade ago – into space to demonstrate his new SpaceX rocket’s carrying capacity. It’s reported there will be a dummy strapped in behind the steering wheel and the radio will be playing David Bowie’s Starman.
“Demonstration missions like this one typically carry steel or concrete blocks but SpaceX decided it would be more worthwhile to launch something fun and without irreplaceable sentimental value: a red Roadster for the red planet,” said SpaceX.
The three-core rocket lives up to its name of the Falcon Heavy with a set of impressive stats, including a total of more than five million pounds of thrust. Twice as powerful as any other rocket in the world today, it can lift into orbit the equivalent of a fully loaded 737 jet or around 64 tonnes. The Tesla Roadster in the rocket’s nose cone won't be much of a weight test at just 1250kg. You can see how it's all meant to happen in the video below: