Elon Musk's SpaceX Sends Tesla Roadster into Outer Space
Real-life Tony Stark Elon Musk has sent his own Tesla Roadster sports car drifting in space. The said vehicle, which carries a mannequin in a space suit holding the steering wheel, was placed on SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy rocket and was sent out of Earth’s atmosphere on Tuesday, February 6.
Awe-inspiring images were sent back from cameras positioned on the sports car reveals the vehicle floating while looking at the Earth from space, the mannequin positioned as the driver with its hands against the wind frame. On top of that, you’d recognize the dashboard touchscreen which carries the legend “Don’t Panic” - this is in reference to the science fiction book, “Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy,” made by Douglas Adams.
This extravagant stunt was made an advertisement for SpaceX, another of Musk’s companies. The said launch was streamed live via YouTube and media outlets all over the globe picked up the footage. Musk said, “The imagery of it is something that's going to get people excited around the world, and it's still tripping me out.”
More than a spectacle, this launch project was aimed at showing the Falcon Heavy rocket can carry heavy objects to outer space. “It means we're able to offer heavy lift… for not much more than the cost of a Falcon 9,” Musk explained to reporters, emphasizing this was an important step forward. “If we're successful in this, it is game over for all other heavy-lift rockets.”
Before the launch, however, Musk emphasized that the project would be tricky as coordinating a complicated “aerial ballet,” and that he was preparing for the worst, like a possible explosion during take-off.
Fortunately, the take-off itself was successful, but not everything went according to prior calculations. The plan was to send it hurling around the sun and bring the Roadster to Mars, but it overshot its trajectory. It is now on its way towards the asteroid belt between Jupiter and Mars.
This launching of the Roadster to outer space can be considered its final bow, as it is already superseded by all new models which were introduced during the previous year.