Is Elon Musk's story about sending a vehicle to Mars fake news?

Is Elon Musk's story about sending a vehicle to Mars fake news?

Is Elon Musk's story about sending a vehicle to Mars fake news?

Falcon Heavy is a beefed up version of the company's Falcon 9 rocket which, along with its Dragon craft capsule, has been used multiple times to bring supplies to astronauts on board the International Space Station, before safely returning to Earth.

"Payload will be my midnight cherry Tesla Roadster playing Space Oddity". Not only he did start a $51-billion auto company from scratch, but he also successfully managed to launch several dozen rockets - and also land and reuse part of them.

SpaceX and Tesla chief Elon Musk announced Friday evening that the first payload for the Falcon Heavy rocket would be his personal Tesla Roadster - "if it doesn't blow up".

The Falcon Heavy is a powerful rocket, which is the follow-up to the Falcon 9.

Musk, the CEO of both SpaceX and electric auto company Tesla, said the Falcon Heavy would be launched with the aim of putting its payload in orbit around Mars. It therefore will be capable of creating around three times the thrust of a single Falcon 9 rocket, allowing SpaceX to perform missions beyond low Earth orbit.

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The rocket was originally supposed to take flight back in 2013 or 2014, but its maiden flight is now pegged for January 2018.

Falcon Heavy is the sequel to SpaceX's Falcon 9. With the ability to lift into orbit over 54 metric tons (119,000 lb)-a mass equivalent to a 737 jetliner loaded with passengers, crew, luggage and fuel-Falcon Heavy can lift more than twice the payload of the next closest operational vehicle, the Delta IV Heavy, at one-third the cost.

Musk also tweeted that the rockets' destination is Mars orbit. The spacecraft from these initial missions will also serve as the beginnings of SpaceX's first Mars base where they will build a thriving city and gradually a self-sustaining civilization on the planet.

Musk has stated that there's a non-zero chance of the Falcon Heavy exploding on its first flight.

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