"Last pic of Starman in Roadster enroute to Mars orbit and then the Asteroid Belt", Musk said in his Instagram post. "As Elon said, you have you a lot of energy, so you end up with a lot of power, actually more than you need".
Ukrainians together with people all over the world celebrated successful test launch of 23-story-tall Falcon Heavy by Elon Musk's company SpaceX on February 6. This is a commercial space exploration company with the stated goal of one day helping people to colonize Mars.
Since Tesla wants to build a system that's more generally useful, it made sense for the company to not push ahead with this a year ago and try to do it probably.
Falcon Heavy is able to lift 64 tonnes into orbit - the equivalent of five double-decker buses - which is just over twice the weight that can be lifted by the second-most powerful operational rocket, Delta IV Heavy. The rocket boasts a total of 27 engines, which can generate 5 million pounds of thrust at liftoff - equivalent to eighteen 747 aircraft. The plan was to send the Roadster on an elliptical orbit around the sun, swinging by Mars along the way. It remains to be seen if Branson will be following in the footsteps of SpaceX by launching rockets into space.
The Tuesday launch of the Falcon Heavy rocket reflects the limitless bounds of ingenuity and brilliance of those daring to dream of a bigger, better tomorrow. The companys reusable boosters, lower prices and ambitions for deep space have helped stoke new interest in human flight far beyond low-Earth orbit, and reawakened the global spirit for interplanetary travel.
In the words of Musk, the Tesla was meant to be a silly stunt for SpaceX - but for NASA, the vehicle is an object in our solar system that must be cataloged and tracked. NASA has contracted SpaceX to transport some of their astronauts into space. Musk said the auto and driver could be in their "hyperbolic orbit" for a billion years.