Tesla owner is planning to send his old cherry-red Tesla car to Mars, along with a replica bind to it, during which it plays David Bowie’s Life on Mars on repeat.
The vehicle will be tied to the Falcon Heavy vehicle, which is engineered to have twice the starting power of any present rocket, and more than any since Saturn V, which started the Apollo lunar missions.
The Falcon Heavy comprises of three of the company’s Falcon 9 rockets combined together, each imparting the super-rocket 27 Merlin engines.
It is evident that it should be capable to create almost 23,000 kilonewtons of thrust – just over twice that of the world’s existing most powerful rocket, the Delta IV Heavy, which is utilized by US rival United Launch Alliance.
Musk’s car will contain a dummy – also known as ‘Starman – instead of a human astronaut, even though earthlings will be eligible to undergo “epic views” of space via cameras bound to the vehicle.
There is an expectation that the car will be hurled into an elliptical orbit that extends out to Mars’ orbit around the Sun.
Mr Musk described that the Roadster “will be in deep space for a billion years or so if it doesn’t blow up on ascent”.
The biggest trepidation is that “It’ll be a really huge downer if it blows up,” the entrepreneur informed reporters. “If something goes wrong, hopefully it goes wrong far into the mission so we at least learn as much as possible along the way.
“I would consider it a win if it just clears the pad and doesn’t blow the pad to smithereens. That’s four million pounds of TNT equivalent so there’s probably not going to be much left if that thing lets loose on the pad.”
In spite of the probability of failure, Mr Musk seemed to be excited, stating: “The weather’s looking good, the rocket’s looking good. It’s going to be exciting one way or the other, it’s either going to be an exciting test or an exciting failure [with] one big boom.”
An evaluated half-million people are hoped to go to Florida’s Space Coast to experience the ascent, which may occur as early as 13:30 EST (18:30 GMT).
The rocket is planned to lift the weights which is equivalent to the weight of five double-decker London buses – 64 tons – into space.
If this initial journey is successful, it increases significant possibilities for upcoming innovations, along with larger US satellites and also the realization of Mr Musk’s dream to launch hundreds of satellites into space for the purpose of giving broadband to the technologically growing world.
It does also means exploring space is likely to be hugely empowered, with larger robots sent to Mars. Possibility of even exploring outer planets such as Jupiter, Saturn and their moons is likely to be happened.
Nasa is also working hard to develop a super-rocket, but Musk’s, if successful, is much cheaper.
Their Space Launch System is said to be valued at $1bn (£715m) per flight, on the other side entrepreneur claims his Falcon Heavy will cost just $90m (£64m) per flight.
Casey Dreier, director of space policy at the Planetary Society, informed that: “If Falcon Heavy is up and running, it opens up a lot of possibilities. That’s the key.
“Nasa is going to be saying: look, instead of waiting around for SLS, we can start putting pieces of our deep space gateway or orbiting lunar outpost in place. The question is will it be reliable enough for the government and others to put in their most valuable assets, to be worth the reduced cost?”