- SpaceX successfully launched its Falcon Heavy rocket into space on Tuesday.
- As its test payload, the rocket carried Elon Musk’s 2008 Tesla Roadster, complete with a dummy driver named “Starman” wearing a SpaceX spacesuit.
- The car is equipped with cameras, and you can watch the Roadster’s journey via a live feed.
For those concerned about the fate of Elon Musk’s Tesla Roadster – and the dummy named “Starman” that SpaceX sent into space on Tuesday – have no fear.
SpaceX equipped the Roadster with cameras that are livestreaming the payload’s journey as it travels toward Mars orbit.
Starman got some stunning views, including some of Earth.
In addition to Starman, the Roadster is also carrying a few hidden items, including a model-sized version of the car and a model-sized Starman. In addition, the car holds a storage device with Isaac Asimov’s “Foundation” trilogy on it. And on the Roadster’s circuit board, Musk added a special note.
The payload’s attach fitting also has the names of more than 600 SpaceX employees engraved on it.
“It’s going to get whacked pretty hard,” Musk told reporters on Monday.
By subjecting the upper-stage of the rocket to this treatment, SpaceX hopes to demonstrate that it can survive even in extremely dangerous, harsh conditions. Ideally, the move would win over customers eager to launch their payloads into space using the Falcon Heavy system. Such a launch is expected to cost about $US90 million, a discount compared to other space endeavours.
From there, it will take about six months for the Roadster to actually get to Mars orbit, Musk said in a tweet Tuesday.
Follow Starman’s journey here:
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