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Elon Musk plans to send a sports car to Mars on its Falcon Heavy rocket

SpaceX will use the first Falcon Heavy to send a Tesla Roadster to Mars, Elon Musk says

Musk began by revealing details of the first Falcon Heavy launch, which is scheduled to take place next month, "from Apollo 11 pad at the Cape".

"Payload will be my midnight cherry Tesla Roadster playing Space Oddity".

When Falcon Heavy lifts off in 2017, it will be the most powerful operational rocket in the world by a factor of two.

Previously, Musk said that the first rocket launch with the big share of probability can fail. Company executives previously spoke of how hard it is to build such a large rocket-powered by three Falcon 9 cores, meaning it has thrice the thrust of original Falcon 9.

The first flight of California-based space company SpaceX's "Falcon Heavy" rocket will give a piggyback ride to a Tesla Roadster and deliver it into the Martian orbit, SpaceX CEO Elon Musk announced. It will have its maiden voyage somewhere at the beginning of 2018 (current launch date is set somewhere in January), and people wondered what it could use as a payload. "Will be in deep space for a billion years or so if it doesn't blow up on ascent".

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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.

Elon Musk says the first test launch of SpaceX's massive new rocket will happen next month.

Falcon Heavy is, in overly simple terms, three of the company's Falcon 9 rockets strapped together. It will be capable of taking on the same duties that those rockets perform, while adding new capabilities that range from planting a colony on Mars to making 30-minute transcontinental travel possible on Earth.

The company also aims to launch a second mission in 2024, which will transport both cargo and crew to Mars with the main objective of constructing a propellant depot and getting ready for future manned flights.

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