The Falcon Heavy is now the world’s most powerful currently operational rocket with twice the lifting ability of the next most powerful rocket- the Delta IV Heavy from United Launch Alliance.
The dummy astronaut nicknamed ‘Starman in the Red Roadster’ from Musk is wearing a SpaceX Crew Dragon astronaut spacesuit, and buckled up sitting in the driver’s seat for the long journey to Mars. Starman is another Bowie hit song
The Tesla Roadster was initially hurled to Earth orbit after the 27 first stage Merlin 1D first stage engines ignited to generate almost 5 million pounds of liftoff thrust fueled by liquid oxygen and RP-1 kerosene propellants.
Trajectory map of Elon Musk’s Tesla Roadster to Mars and beyond following Feb. 6, 2018 launch on first SpaceX Falcon Heavy. Credit: SpaceX
The dummy Starman was wearing a genuine spacesuit while seated as the driver in SpaceX billionaire CEO Elon Musk’s midnight red Tesla sports car which he donated as the payload for this inaugural demonstration mission for the firm he founded.
And be sure to check out our growing galleries of additional photos captured of the launch and twin landings of the side boosters back at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fl some eight minutes after the Feb. 6 debut blastoff.