Elon Musk is a South African-American business magnate, investor, engineer, and inventor. He is also the the founder, CEO, and lead designer of SpaceX. Elon, also is the co-founder, CEO, and product architect of Tesla Inc. It seems that he has been given the go ahead by the US government, to launch the world’s first private payload beyond geostationary orbit.
A massive 230-foot-tall three-booster launcher, is scheduled to blast off Tuesday between 1:30 and 4:30 p.m. ET. The rocket has been deemed the most power rocket in the world. It has been given the name Falcon Heavy.
The project has been in the works since 2013 and was kept on hold out of fear of it exploding. A decision was made to opt-out of a standard “mass simulator”. Musk launched a wheel of cheese into orbit previously. This time, a midnight-cherry-red Tesla Roadster car, will be on strapped on top of the rocket. Three different booster stages will touch back down to Earth after launching the Tesla Roadster into space towards
Inside the automobile will be a dummy driver known as “Starman”. It will be wearing a SpaceX space suit as well. Other wealthy folks with nothing better to do with their money, can spend $90 million dollars per launch to send things into space. A bargain deal, compared to other SpaceX’s competitors. It is estimated that with the right trajectory and fuel, the Falcon Heavy rocket will have enough thrust to launch a payload heavier than a car to Pluto, let alone on Mars.
With this Falcon Heavy launch, hopes are…the car will be sent on an elliptical Mars orbit. Rocket payloads such as this, need a permit from the Federal Aviation Administration before being launched. This of course includes the midnight-cherry-red Tesla Roadster car owned by Elon. The Federal Aviation Administration, has given Elon special permission for this launch. Keith Cowing posted this on NASA Watch.
What it means to blast an electric car into deep space, is up for anyone’s interpretation. Scientifically, the FAA mentioned about a “hyperbolic orbit”. This eccentric path also known as Hohmann transfer orbit, will send the car to Mars orbit and back toward the sun on a near infinite loop.
Elon Musk said, this is one of the silliest things he could have ever imagined launching. However, it’s 2-ton mass and ambitious orbit is no joke. This launch feat, will be remembered as both pioneering and mad.
(Source: Business Insider)