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Tesla Roadster



Tesla Roadster is the dummy payload for SpaceX's maiden flight of the Falcon-Heavy rocket. Instead of a dummy mass, this flight contains Elon Musk's Tesla Roadster built in 2009 as a inert ballast and publicity stunt. The stage with the car attached is to be inserted into a deep space heliocentric orbit that will take it to the vicinity of Mars, but not into orbit around it. The car is mounted on an inclined customized adaptor and will not be seperated from the stage. On the payload adapter is a plaque with the names of 6000 SpaceX employees.

A SpaceX Spacesuit called "Starman" is placed into the driver's seat. Also included is a Hotweels tyoy model of the Raodster with a miniature Starman inside and a storage device containing Isaac Asimovs "Foundation" novels. Reportedly the car's sound system played David Bowie's song "Space Oddity". There is also a copy of Douglas Adam's "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy" in the glovebox, along with a towel and a sign saying "Don't Panic".

Two lattice frameworks on the payload adaptor mount video cameras pointing at the car. After launch on the Falcon-Heavy rocket, it orbited the earth for six hours, until a third burn of the stage two inserted the Tesla Roadster into an interplanetary solar orbit reaching out towards the asteroid belt and having a perihelion of 0.99 AU and an aphelion of ~1.7 AU. This orbit will be stable for several millions of years.

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    Facts in Brief

    Launch Date: 2018-02-06
    Launch Vehicle: Falcon 9 Heavy
    Launch Site: Cape Canaveral, United States

    Funding Agency

    • Unknown (United States)


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    Additional Information

    Questions and comments about this spacecraft can be directed to: Coordinated Request and User Support Office

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