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Tesla Roadster

Tesla Roadster [SpaceX]

Tesla Roadster is the dummy payload for SpaceX's maiden flight of the Falcon-Heavy rocket.

Instead of a dummy mass, this flight contains Elon Musk's Tesla Roadster built in 2009 as a inert ballast and publicity stunt. The stage with the car attached is to be inserted into a deep space heliocentric orbit that will take it to the vicinity of Mars, but not into orbit around it. The car is mounted on an inclined customized adaptor and will likely not be seperated from the stage.

Reportedly the car's sound system will play David Bowie's song "Space Oddity". There will also be a copy of Doudlas Adam's "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy" in the glovebox, along with a towel and a sign saying "Don't Panic".

Nation: USA
Type / Application: Vehicle evaluation
Operator: SpaceX
Contractors: SpaceX, Tesla
Configuration: Tesla Raodster mounted on upper stage
Propulsion: None
Power: Batteries
Lifetime: N/A
Mass: ~ 1300 kg
Orbit: heliocentric orbit
Satellite COSPAR Date LS Launch Vehicle Remarks
Tesla Roadster - 2018 CCK LC-39A Falcon-Heavy