"It could be anything: satellite, space junk, a debris from the Falcon Heavy". The rocket was trying to launch a Tesla vehicle into orbit around Mars.
The planned trajectory would have put the Tesla out to the distance of Mars' orbit. Not only is it headed toward Mars, but nearly to the dwarf planet Ceres in the asteroid belt.
Elon Musk posted it, showing their "Starman" wearing a SpaceX astronaut suit, while sitting in the cherry red electric auto. Usually test flights carry nothing of value, like concrete blocks. The payload of a Tesla Roadster with a space-suited mannequin at the wheel was certainly indulgent; a clever and opportunistic marketing ploy with little scientific objective.
The auto was "driven" by a space-suited dummy, dubbed Starman, with the soundtrack of David Bowie's Life on Mars? playing during the launch. You can tell it's real because it looks so fake, honestly, " Musk said Tuesday night.
At an estimated cost of $90m per launch, the Falcon Heavy has the potential to dramatically shake up the satellite market, as well as take manned spaceflight beyond Earth orbit for the first time since the Apollo missions.
It's likely that the testing of the BFR will occur at the newest SpaceX launch site in south Texas, near Brownsville. It's the landing part that's especially hard, he noted, especially at the speed the craft will be traveling when it comes in for a touchdown on another planet.
Rocket recycling is the key to SpaceX's launch cost-cutting strategy. SpaceX's Falcon Heavy can launch up to 64 metric tons of payload into orbit for $90 million a launch. "The naysayers have been completely refuted".
In the meantime, with the Heavy demo out of the way, Musk said SpaceX is putting its commercial crew effort for NASA front and center. The entrepreneurial spirit sweeping the space business complements NASA mission, acts as a magnet to bring top talent to the space corridor in Florida and serves to inspire younger generations. The rocket got into space without any problems. "Impossible to say what is it but this doesn't mean we are seeing a UFO". We've had news of Airbus UK leading a new space weather warning project, academics in the United States helping NASA recreate Titan's methane seas, and an worldwide programme to use space technology to solve global challenges.