The SpaceX Falcon Heavy is one of the most powerful rockets ever made, capable of lifting into orbit more than 119,000. Musk shared the photos on his Instagram account providing proof that the "midnight cherry" electric sports vehicle is indeed heading to the final frontier.
Elon Musk said in his Instagram post, that usually, test flights of new rockets carry mass simulators in the form of steel blocks or concrete. "That seemed extremely boring", Musk wrote in the post.
In April, Musk said he was trying to think of the "silliest thing we can imagine" to stick on top that first Falcon Heavy rocket. As can be seen, it's the original Tesla Roadster and not the all-new concept we've seen. "If they do 30 launches next year, it will be spectacular, but the big story for 2018 is Falcon Heavy and Commercial Crew". "Of course, anything boring is bad, especially companies, so we chose to send something unusual, something that made us feel", he wrote.
It is worth noting that the inclusion of a real Tesla Roadster in the first Falcon Heavy launch will make the rocket prone to explosions and fire, which is why they will only be using a dummy model during the launch. Given that there's a very good chance the rocket may simply explode on this first test flight, sending any real cargo of value aboard the Heavy was a no-no.
Now under development is the Falcon Heavy, which will be the world's most powerful rocket.
"SpaceX is now dominant in terms of launch volume", said Marco Caceres, a senior space analyst with Teal Group Corp., an aerospace and defense market researcher. This will shield the vehicle during ascent which, hopefully, would put the auto on a path to intercept the orbit of Mars. This highly elliptical path goes out to the orbit of Mars, then back to Earth orbit on a near-endless loop (hence the "billion years or so" detail from Musk). Joy Dunn, an engineer at the company, tweeted on December 1 that "this is legit and of course there will be cameras!"