Tech billionaire and renowned philanthropist Elon Musk announced his plans to launch an electric car to Mars orbit in 2018 in his Instagram post. The founder of the aerospace company SpaceX and Tesla’s CEO posted a photo of Tesla’s 2008 Roadster model inside a Falcon Heavy rocket, confirming his intention to launch the vehicle into outer space.
“A Red Car for the Red Planet Test flights of new rockets usually contain mass simulators in the form of concrete or steel blocks. That seemed extremely boring. Of course, anything boring is terrible, especially companies, so we decided to send something unusual, something that made us feel,” stated SpaceX’s CEO.
“The payload will be an original Tesla Roadster, playing Space Oddity, on a billion year elliptic Mars orbit,” Musk added.
Earlier last week, the tech mogul also posted a photo of the new Falcon Heavy rocket, which is said to be able to carry a payload of almost 17,000 kg. The rocket is due to make its first-ever test launch in January next year. Falcon Heavy will be the most powerful spaceship in the world if it launches successfully next month. Currently, SpaceX only operates its Falcon 9 rocket, which is a two-stage-to-orbit medium-lift launch vehicle. It is famous for its partially-reusable launch system. SpaceX uses the rocket to supply cargo to the International Space Station.
Musk has a history of launching peculiar objects during SpaceX rockets’ maiden voyages. Back in 2010, the company put a wheel of cheese inside the SpaceX’s Dragon when the spaceship made its first test launch into the orbit.