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Published on February 5th, 2018 | by James Ayre

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Elon Musk Sending His Tesla Roadster Past Mars Via SpaceX Falcon Heavy Rocket On February 6th

February 5th, 2018 by  


I hadn’t intended to write an article on this subject, given our focus here at CleanTechnica on cleantech, but since Tesla CEO Elon Musk has brought it up a number of times in recent weeks — and released some images of the payload in question — it seems worth doing.

I’m talking here about the first SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket launch, which will play host to Elon Musk’s Tesla Roadster as a dummy payload, reportedly. That launch is tentatively slated for February 6th, sometime during a 3-hour launch window that opens at 1:30 PM Eastern Time — and has now been granted full approval by the Federal Aviation Administration’s Office of Commercial Space Transportation.

So, those interested in seeing the inaugural launch of the largest US space launch vehicle since the Saturn 5 rocket (which has been retired for decades now) — one carrying Tesla CEO Elon Musk’s personal first-generation Roadster into a trans-Mar orbit around the Sun — may want to take a glance at the news next week to see how things go (or watch the launch live, if interested).

As seen in the picture above, Elon Musk’s Tesla Roadster is already packed and ready to go…with it being an interesting thing to note that the (apparently) first production car to be sent into space is going to an all-electric one.

The Tesla Roadster in question has apparently undergone some modifications in preparation for the launch, but it’s not quite clear what those would be — a removal of potentially dangerous materials, perhaps?

As a bit of further background here — the SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket that is being tested has been designed with the idea of “colonizing” Mars in mind. As a result, the heavy-lift rocket is one of the largest designs every actually built, and is capable of transporting much higher cargo weights than the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket — which is now seeing regular use as a satellite launch and ISS resupply vehicle — can.

Related: Elon Musk Sending His Tesla Roadster Past Mars Via SpaceX Falcon Heavy Rocket On February 6th


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About the Author

James Ayre's background is predominantly in geopolitics and history, but he has an obsessive interest in pretty much everything. After an early life spent in the Imperial Free City of Dortmund, James followed the river Ruhr to Cofbuokheim, where he attended the University of Astnide. And where he also briefly considered entering the coal mining business. He currently writes for a living, on a broad variety of subjects, ranging from science, to politics, to military history, to renewable energy.



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