Elon Musk said when they will launch super-heavy rockets

Elon Musk said when they will launch super-heavy rockets

Musk, 46, made the announcement via Twitter on Friday, stating that a SpaceX rocket, known as the Falcon Heavy, will blast off from Cape Canaveral, site of the historic Apollo 11 mission. Company executives previously spoke of how hard it is to build such a large rocket-powered by three Falcon 9 cores, meaning it has thrice the thrust of original Falcon 9. Guaranteed to be exciting, one way or another, ' Musk posted.

Musk tweeted that the payload for the test launch would be his own cherry-red Tesla Roadster, with its stereo blasting David Bowie's 1969 classic Space Oddity as it leaves the launch pad. "Will be in deep space for a billion years or so if it doesn't blow up on ascent", he added. SpaceX and Tesla have a long track record of missing the CEO's ambitious deadlines.

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That is, as Musk notes, assuming the Falcon Heavy actually makes it into space. And Musk said earlier this year he was targeting November. Saudi Arabia also announced a $1bn investment in Richard Branson's Virgin Galactic, The Spaceship Company and Virgin Orbit with the aim of creating a space-centric entertainment industry. It's unclear if the company will attempt to recover the boosters of this maiden rocket.

He wants to land at least two of the spacecraft on Mars in 2022 carrying equipment - and then ones transporting people in 2024.

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According to Space Flight Now, the Falcon Heavy still has to pass some major hurdles before Musk's planned Ziggy Stardust stunt in January, however.

Traditionally, rockets have been used just once, and are left to burn up in the atmosphere after a mission.

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To put that figure in perspective, Spaceflight Now notes that the Falcon Heavy-at more than 229 feet tall and 3.1 million pounds-will have more thrust than any conventional rocket currently in use.

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