Musk’s rocket company scheduled the debut launch of its long-awaited Falcon Heavy for January 2018. The new vehicle will be the most powerful rocket in production, capable of carrying more than 63 metric tons of cargo to low-earth orbit-or nearly 17 metric tons to Mars. The Falcon Heavy features three nine-engine booster cores which will hurl its cargo out of the atmosphere, and then attempt to land on earth for future re-use.
Mock Elon Musk’s plan to launch his personal Tesla roadster to Mars on a brand-new SpaceX rocket if you must, but it’s more than just ridiculous inter-planetary brand synergy: It’s bringing the technology mogul back to his roots.
The first flight test of the rocket offers a high risk of a messy accident-a “major pucker factor,” according to Musk-so its cargo won’t be anything too valuable. Musk promised he would instead pack the rocket with the “silliest thing we can think of,” which is apparently his car.