Musk’s Personal Tesla Roadster Heading To Space On Feb 6

Tesla and SpaceX chief executive Elon Musk has confirmed that his very own Tesla Roadster will rocket off to space on February 6.

Musk initially intended on launching the SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket in January but the launch has been pushed back and only recently announced on Twitter.

The outspoken founder first revealed his intention of sending his Tesla Roadster into space late last year. Unsurprisingly, many were confused as to whether he was serious or not. Although not as unexpected as his announcement of making The Boring Company, it was still an unusual move. When Musk published photos of the sports car being loaded into the rocket’s payload compartment, the unimaginable inched closer to reality.

The Falcon Heavy rocket will soar into the skies next week in a test flight. On Instagram, Musk confirmed “the payload will be an original Tesla Roadster, playing Space Oddity, on a billion year elliptic Mars orbit”.

The original Roadster was the brand’s first production vehicle and made Tesla a household name. However, it now seems rather outdated, particularly due to the developments of battery technology in recent years.

A new generation Tesla Roadster is currently in the works. When it launches in 2020, it promises to be the quickest production car on sale, capable of reach 60 mph (96 km/h) in just 1.9 seconds.

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  • Bo Hanan

    He’s not sending a current product because he’s behind in production.

    • LWOAP

      The Roadster 2.0 hasn’t gone into production as far as I know.

      • Auto

        It doesn’t even exist except for a few prototypes.

    • SteersUright

      The object needs to represent nothing more than dead weight in order to test the engines and ship itself. Why would he send a new and still relevant product? This is way cooler than the concrete blocks or steel he mentions are normally packed onto the test vehicles. C’mon dude, give some credit where its due, this is pretty cool and certainly cooler than what al Saudi Sheiks, Carl Icahn, Walmart Fam, Koch Bros., and all the other typically useless and greedy billionaires are doing with their own funds and time.

  • Status

    Since the viability of space travel is still largely dictated by the weight of whatever is going up, how much to want to bet that the Roadster is just a plastic shell with only the bare minimum of electrics to turn the wheels over?

  • SPACE DEBRIS.

  • SteersUright

    Cool!! I love that Elon is unusual, out of the box, and such a bold billionaire! Especially compared to nearly all of the others who simply hoard like greedy pigs, hurt rather than help mankind, and typically use their position of power utterly selfishly to acquire yet even more unneeded wealth (Koch brothers, etc., Im looking at you!).

  • kachuks

    What if the rocket blows up? You know, cuz that kind of thing never happens

    • LWOAP

      I’d laugh at that to be honest. Why? Because I’m easily amused.

  • Matt

    I imagine fast&furious writers taking notes to incorporate this into their plot for one of their upcoming movies.

    • Status

      You know I wanted to have a nice day, but since you’ve put that thought into my head, all I can think about is how likely they would write a script for that.

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