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Roadster Starman Has Run-in with Russian Astronauts in Hilarious Spoof

Roadster Starman Has Run-in with Russian Astronauts in Hilarious Spoof

And while the mannequin did look cool in numerous photos captured from the ongoing livestream of the journey, it actually has a goal.

"We're going to be testing something on this flight which we've never done before, a six-hour coast in deep space that's going to go through the Van Allen belts", said Musk during a briefing ahead of the flight.

"We could have done the coast-to-coast drive but it would have required too much specialized code to effectively game it", Musk said on the company's fourth-quarter earnings call February 7. You can tell it's real because it looks so fake, honestly, " Musk said Tuesday night.

"Whether you're a [young] earth person or an old earth person", Alexander said, referencing different Christian views of Earth's age, "whatever you end up seeing" could be God's initial creative work.

As Business Insider reports, the Federal Aviation Administration approved the plan on Friday, with the notice specifically authorizing, "A flight of the Falcon Heavy launch vehicle from Launch Complex 39A at Kennedy Space Center (KSC) transporting the modified Tesla Roadster (mass simulator) to a hyperbolic orbit". But, in fact, there was a lot more to the event.The rocket was taken to space by three powerful boosters and it carried, like a cherry on the cake, a red Tesla vehicle. Around eight minutes after liftoff, the two side boosters set down simultaneously on land. The Roadster rode atop the Falcon's second stage and will first be placed into Earth orbit.

Other victims mooted, among the more than 500 comments, included Musk's girlfriend, actress Amber Heard and the fictional movie assassin John Wick. Musk says the company is taking the "hard path" to achieve the maximum goal of autonomy, instead of the limited LIDAR solution.

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General Motors actually has a long history with NASA and America's efforts in space exploration.

Tuesday's success of the Heavy provides a confidence boost to these future plans, Musk said. The Falcon Heavy, developed at zero cost to the taxpayer, would charge NASA approximately $100M per launch. SpaceX said the rocket is created to be reusable, making launches about a third of the cost of the next largest payload-carrying rocket, the Delta IV Heavy.

SpaceX said the Falcon Heavy cost about $500 million to develop, and it has priced flights at $90 million.

SpaceX is competing with Boeing to be the first to send Americans into orbit from US soil again, something that hasn't happened since NASA's last shuttle flight.

He said he hoped other private enterprises would follow his lead and say, "Hey, we can do bigger and better".

Meanwhile, mission managers at SpaceX, the upstart California-based company that hopes to use the demonstration flight to win contracts from Nasa, the USA military and private space enterprise, have not confirmed whether the course change was by accident or design.


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