Amateur astronomers photograph Tesla Roadster in space

This reusability is now seen as key to making human life multi-planetary – by helping make space travel exponentially more affordable.


Meanwhile, students at Drakensberg Boys Choir School in South Africa, where SpaceX founder Elon Musk was born, pounded their desks and screamed in delight as the Falcon Heavy raced toward the heavens.

Fast forward to February 6, 2018. After that, Musk says, it’s really up to customers to determine the rate at which the world’s most powerful rocket soars into the heavens. Also yesterday the Ukrainians got proud when the Embassy of Ukraine in the United States of America informed that the Antonov Airlines played an important role in preparing the launch.

SpaceX may also attempt the first water landing of its fairing, Musk hinted in the press conference following the Falcon Heavy launch.

Throughout the day on Tuesday, Musk had been tweeting updates on the Falcon Heavy launch. Minutes after launch, the rocket boosters separated and dropped toward Earth, with the two side boosters landing flawlessly in sync on two landing pads at Cape Canaveral.

As the the roadster sped into an orbit between Earth and Mars, David Bowie’s “Space Oddity” played on the radio. It was a surreal sight.

So while Musk’s Roadster orbiting Earth initially sounded like something frivolous, when we actually got to see it, you know. orbiting Earth, like something out of the “Radar Rider” opening sequence from the 1981 grownup animated movie “Heavy Metal,” it was quite mesmerizing. This target has however been pushed back many times by this stage. Elon Musk later told reporters: “That was epic”.

SpaceX’s launch of the Falcon Heavy on Tuesday has been hailed by many as a significant step forward for the private space flight industry.

In the official entry on “Tesla Roadster (AKA: Starman)”, NASA describes the auto as “a standard Tesla Roadster automobile and a spacesuit-wearing mannequin nicknamed ‘Starman'”. “We have way better CGI (computer-generated imagery)” than that. It just has the same seats, like a normal vehicle has.

A auto, in space.

“I kind of like the absurdity of that, and if you look closely on the dashboard there’s a tiny Roadster with a tiny spaceman”. So we did that.


But longer-term, and more intriguingly, the new rocket could open up novel commercial possibilities. I mean that’s so boring. “It blew my mind how much programming it took just to get it off the land and into the air”. Falcon Heavy is set to carry a large communications satellite into orbit for Arabsat of Saudi Arabia. The only launch misstep was that the center core plunged into the ocean instead of descending on a drone ship in the Atlantic. It didn’t have enough propellant to relight all three engines. Clement Thibault, a senior analyst with the web site, grumbled about Musk’s recent fundraising efforts for The Boring Co., his new tunnel-drilling company.

SpaceX Falcon Heavy launch captured imaginations – and that was just a test