Tesla's space sports vehicle to pass Mars orbit, crash through asteroid belt

Don Hladiuk was able to mount a camera close to the launch site of the Falcon Heavy rocket

Musk's own Tesla Roadster is now on a path that will take it past Mars and brush an asteroid belt before curving back around towards the sun.

Musk further said that a final burn by the Falcon Heavy rocket's upper stage engine had successfully initiated a Trans-Mars injection which would boost the Tesla Roadster into a heliocentric orbit around the sun on a trajectory that will take near to the orbit of Mars and further to the asteroid belt. In other words, a fraction of what the Falcon Heavy is able to lift.

SpaceX tried to land the centre core on a floating platform in the Atlantic Ocean, but the booster was lost when it hit the water at about 480 km/hr and about 100 metres from the platform, taking out two of the platform's thrusters and scattering debris on the deck.

Falcon Heavy is the most powerful operational rocket in the world by a factor of two, with the ability to lift into orbit almost 64 metric tons (141,000 lb)-a mass greater than a 737 jetliner loaded with passengers, crew, luggage and fuel.

SpaceX started with Falcon 9, it then stuck three Falcon 9s together to make Falcon Heavy and finally there's the BFR.

"The last time I was thrilled by a rocket launch was seeing China's Shenzhou 10 spacecraft carrying our trio of taikonauts in 2013". Musk said, "It's kind of silly and fun, but silly and fun things are important".

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However, the car's fate won't be known for about six hours: Falcon Heavy's uppermost stage, which carries Musk's tricked-out auto, will coast for about six hours through intense radiation fields around Earth's magnetic Van Allen Belt. "You can tell it's real because it looks so fake, honestly", Mr Musk said after the launch.

Elon Musk's Tesla Roadster as it cruised past Australia.

BFR is set for its first test launch as early as 2019 and Musk's confirmation that SpaceX is already building it seems to confirm this.

Mashable said there is no certainty the Roadster will eventually crash in the Asteroid Belt, it could very well float in space for millions of years.

"It could actually go further than they went with Apollo, possibly visit an asteroid or something like that", Musk said.

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