Musk Posts Video Simulation Of Tesla Roadster Sent Into Space

FEB 5 2018 BY ELECTRICCARSTV 32

It’s been the center piece, at least for us electric car enthusiasts, of this Falcon Heavy launch for awhile now.

Roadster Falcon Heavy Animation

We’re referring to Musk’s own Tesla Roadster aboard Falcon Heavy, ready for its space debut.

According to the video description:

“At max velocity the Roadster will travel 11 km/s (7mi/s) and travel 400 million km (250 million mi) from Earth.”

Here’s the description in its entirety:

When Falcon Heavy lifts off, it will be the most powerful operational rocket in the world by a factor of two. With the ability to lift into orbit nearly 64 metric tons (141,000 lb)—a mass greater than a 737 jetliner loaded with passengers, crew, luggage and fuel–Falcon Heavy can lift more than twice the payload of the next closest operational vehicle, the Delta IV Heavy, at one-third the cost.

Falcon Heavy’s first stage is composed of three Falcon 9 nine-engine cores whose 27 Merlin engines together generate more than 5 million pounds of thrust at liftoff, equal to approximately eighteen 747 aircraft.

Following liftoff, the two side boosters separate from the center core and return to landing sites for future reuse. The center core, traveling further and faster than the side boosters, also returns for reuse, but lands on a drone ship located in the Atlantic Ocean.

At max velocity the Roadster will travel 11 km/s (7mi/s) and travel 400 million km (250 million mi) from Earth.

Falcon Heavy was designed from the outset to carry humans into space and restores the possibility of flying missions with crew to the Moon or Mars.

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32 Comments on "Musk Posts Video Simulation Of Tesla Roadster Sent Into Space"

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Chris S
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Chris S

Enough internet for me today…

Someone out there
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Someone out there

It’s a stupid project but the video is pretty cool

Chris Stork
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Chris Stork

Testing a rocket before launching a multi-million dollar payload like a military or comms satellite is a stupid project? And at the same time (assuming the launch is successful) verifying they can get a payload into interplanetary transitional orbit is a stupid project? Do you have any experience to base this on, beyond Kerbal Space Program?

Paul Stoller
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Paul Stoller

Given my experience with Kerbal I think someone who was familiar with it would, from that experience, understand why one would want to have a test launch. It took me quite some time to get a rocket to orbit with that simulator without blowing it up.

Someone out there
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Someone out there

Launching a car to Mars is pretty stupid but most stupid of all is trying to create a human colony on Mars. There might be some science to be done there for a handful of scientists but outside of that there is absolutely no point in trying to make a living there.

Pushmi-Pullyu
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Pushmi-Pullyu

By the same “logic”, Nikola Tesla’s AC motor obviously doesn’t work because he once claimed to be receiving radio signals from Venus.

Dan
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Dan

We already are on Mars. Why would you send sensitive biological primate matter when you can send shielded robots?

Steven
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Steven

When the Earth is all used up, or destroyed by a big rock, can the robots on Mars keep our race going? No. We have all of our eggs in one basket. Time to start hiding some eggs.

Derek
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Derek

The Earth is where humanity was born…eventually, ya gotta leave home.
Whether that’s because you think we should be multi-planetary to help our species to continue on in the event of an asteroid strike, or nuclear scenario. Or because you dream of exploring the cosmos. Those are 2 great reasons to expand our species outward.

Anon
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Anon

Earth’s remaining habitability is about 10 percent. 90 of all that has been, only got us to this point in history.

Humans and their descendants, will have to leave the solar system to survive, well before Sol becomes a red dwarf star, and consumes the first three inner planets while doing so.

There is nothing stupid about the Falcon Heavy Launch nor Elon’s goal of helping Humanity reach for the stars.

G2
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G2

+1

J P DeCaen
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J P DeCaen

Mae Jemispn who’s part of the 100 Year Starship project to conceive an interstellar manned expedition, disagrees with you. She’a a former shuttle astronaut with 8 doctorates and experience as a medical doctor , engineer, and scientist. The problem with many adults is that they forget to dream like kids.

arne-nl
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arne-nl

Clearly many people here lack fantasy. They just don’t grasp the concept of ‘art’.

This launching a Roadster is art. Plain and simple.

So there is no need for it to make sense, or serve a purpose other than be inspiring, thought provoking, emotional, funny, beautiful.

Pushmi-Pullyu
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Pushmi-Pullyu

“Do you have any experience to base this on, beyond Kerbal Space Program?”

Hey now, he’s an expert on the subject because he had a water rocket set when he was a kid! 😀

http://www.longisland70skid.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/07/Water-Rockets.jpg

MDEV
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MDEV

Sure the publicity and marketing for ever is stupid idea for Tesla

Get Real
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Get Real

So, testing rockets for interplanetary travel is “stupid”?

Someone out there
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Someone out there

Still not understanding how to use the reply button is pretty stupid.

Get Real
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Get Real

LMFAO, Some Troll Out There’s FUD and stupid remark has been corrected by several other posters and that sums it up.

You should go back to school to learn how to whine more you pathetic and jealous little troll.

Nelson
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Nelson

Will the car be exposed to damaging rays of the sun?
Have the batteries been removed from the Roadster?
Will there be a camera transmitting stills of what happens to the Roadster?

It would be a shame not to document this fully with images.

NPNS! SBF!
Volt#671 + BoltEV

Roy_H
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Roy_H

Yes there are cameras. We (at nasaspaceflight.com) have been debating how long the batteries and transmission capabilities will last. Probably hours, not days.

Pushmi-Pullyu
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Pushmi-Pullyu

If there was any doubt that Elon put that Roadster into the rocket as a publicity stunt, that doubt has been fully removed.

But I think it’s great he has such a well-developed sense of humor. The contrast with his detractors in that regard is pretty stark! 🙂

james
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james

Great now we are littering on other planets… 😉

Anon
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Anon

Already been doing that for decades on the Moon:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=greXH4iotDU

BTW, the Roadster will (hopefully) be put into heliocentric orbit– so not actually ON Mars, as such a destination would automatically engage multiple restrictions:

https://planetaryprotection.nasa.gov/overview

CDAVIS
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CDAVIS

Next up… Tesla Moon Rover.

G2
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G2

The video bits of the space guy in the Roadster look like an homage to a scene in Heavy Metal.

G2
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G2

Here is what I’m talking about
https://youtu.be/DWMPe3wF9jQ

Cavaron
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Cavaron

Good catch! I didn’t even know the movie.

Chris Stork
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Chris Stork

I just wish David Bowie were still around for this.

Dan
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Dan

Tesla proved to be a marketing, not a manufacturing company. Nice! Now we all know what kind of animal you are.

arne-nl
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arne-nl

Clearly many people here lack fantasy. They just don’t grasp the concept of ‘art’.

This launching a Roadster is art. Plain and simple.

So there is no need for it to make sense, or serve a purpose other than be inspiring, thought provoking, emotional, funny, beautiful.

arne-nl
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arne-nl

… or irritating…. Yes, art can and may be irritating too.

doug Ogden
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doug Ogden

Is TESLA sending OTA updates ?
How is the ADAS working ?