"I had this image of a giant explosion on the pad with a wheel bouncing down the road with the Tesla logo landing somewhere". But fortunately that's not what happened.
Musk confirmed late Tuesday that a final burn by the Falcon Heavy's upper stage engine had successfully initiated a "trans-Mars injection" boosting the auto into an orbit around the sun stretching way beyond Mars.
It is possible its journey could last a billion years and take it as far as 250 million miles (400 million km) from Earth - the same as a trip around the equator 10,000 times.
Musk mused that "it may be discovered by some future alien race", adding that the white spacesuit was real. What were these guys doing? Tesla said it had $3.37 billion in cash and cash-equivalents as of December 31, compared with $3.53 billion at the end of the third quarter.
The rocket is equipped with three boosters and 27 engines created to provide more than 2 million kilograms of thrust. After the launch, the auto and its passenger spent almost 6 hours orbiting the Earth on the rocket's second stage, or the upper portion of the rocket that is created to deliver payloads into orbit.
Tesla aims to calm fears over Model 3 production
Their visit was further rewarded eight minutes after liftoff when two of the rocket's side cores performed a tandem landing at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station and generated back-to-back sonic booms during the propulsive descents.
SpaceX's Falcon Heavy rocket successfully completed its long-awaited maiden flight on Tuesday, roaring into the blue skies over Kennedy Space Center to usher in a new era of spaceflight.
@Saturn V: The success of FH (Falcon Heavy) means that SpaceX has finished the first step in rockets to colonise Mars.
@lvxingdechengbao: The launch cost of Falcon Heavy is US$90m with a payload of over 60 tonnes while the cost of Long March 5 is US$158m with a payload of 25 tonnes.
"I think the imagery of it is something that's going to get people excited around the world", Musk said. Both Tesla Roadster and Falcon Heavy rocket have been made by the companies owned by Elon Musk. A Delta IV Heavy operated by United Launch Alliance - a joint venture of Boeing and Lockheed Martin - can lift only half of that, at four times the price. Rather than producing multiple engines with different horsepower ratings, it makes just one: the Merlin. Yesterday, however, he revealed that he has "tabled" plans for human-rating Falcon Heavy.
Tyre of Delhi-bound SpiceJet flight bursts at Chennai airport, passengers safe
Some of our flights to/from Chennai have been consequently affected. However, the secondary runway was in use at the time.