The roll-out of this news last week occasioned bafflement as space reporters attempted to determine if this was a joke, a spur-of-the-moment idea Musk would execute in the weeks ahead of launch, or a plan that SpaceX has fully worked out. Musk expects his Roadster to remain in deep space for a billion of years unless Falcon Heavy blows up on its way to the red planet.More news: Apple agrees to pay Ireland €13bn in back taxes after European Union challenge
The Falcon Heavy Rocket, the successor to Falcon 9, is SpaceX's biggest and latest launcher with the capacity of 16,781 kg and as per a statement from Musk, its first launch has been confirmed in January 2018.
In what can only be described as "the freakish news of the day", Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla has announced that the next SpaceX mission rocket will carry a very unique payload - his own first generation Tesla Roadster. 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.More news: Target Lets You Pay With New 'Wallet' Mobile Payment System
In 2020 at the original SpaceX demo launch of the Dragon spacecraft, Elon Musk released a large cheese wheel in honour of Monty Python's legendary "Cheese Shop" sketch. Falcon Heavy is a far more powerful rocket that has been in development for years. The first test, which will precede the attempt to fire a Tesla Roadster into Mars orbit, will be a "static fire" in which all of the engines are activated at once. It will also mark a coming out for the muchawaited Falcon Heavy, in a launch slated for the same Florida launchpad that sent Apollo astronauts to the moon. "Guaranteed to be exciting, one way or another".More news: Russia's service sector revving up as business activity accelerates