Musk to send auto into space

Musk to send auto into space

Musk to send auto into space

Elon Musk wants to ship his to Mars.

CEO Elon Musk revealed that the company is aiming to send it to the Martian orbit next month from the same iconic launch pad where Apollo 11 took off.

In conversations with space journalists, and according to company sources, Musk says he is serious about the idea.

Musk hasn't said why he wants to send his auto, but space experts suggested it fits SpaceX's pattern of having some fun with the staid space business - like naming its floating landing platforms "Just Read The Instructions", and "Of Course I Still Love You", in homage to a science fiction series.

The vehicle will be on board the "Falcon Heavy", which is now the largest commercial rocket in existence and possibly only rivalled by the massive moon mission Apollo rockets that flew in the 1960s and 70s. "Will be in deep space for a billion years or so if it doesn't blow up on ascent", Musk added.

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Launching something into orbit really is "rocket science" and such activity is often affected by technology challenges each of which have to be tested and the road to launch near-perfection is littered with the history of lost rockets, and sometimes their cargo.

It is a more powerful rocket that SpaceX hopes to use for missions to the Moon and Mars.

SpaceX president/COO Gwynne Shotwell went on the record last week saying (to Aviation Week magazine) that there will be a static test-firing of the giant rocket's engines in December, and that the launch will follow in January 2018 at the earliest.

"As the Falcon Heavy launch is very soon, I do not think that it is possible to build a spacecraft that quickly", Hein said.

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