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08 February 2018

Real life Iron Man a.k.a. Elon Musk is at it again. When he’s not revolutionizing the way we drive around with Tesla, developing more efficient energy solutions, or digging a giant tunnel for the futuristic Hyperloop, he’s shooting rockets off into space AND BRINGING THEM BACK. If you’ve followed developments in NASA, you might have noticed a reduction in space exploration simply because it’s way too expensive. This is where SpaceX comes to the rescue. In fact, one of their rockets is already doing regular shuttle services between Earth and the International Space Station delivering important supplies to astronauts. This reusability of SpaceX’s rockets has saved the US Government millions if not billions of dollars.



Now, SpaceX is going to upgrade how deep space research is done with cheaper and reusable rockets able to deliver huge payloads into the voids of space. The first test of such a rocket dubbed the Falcon Heavy was just carried out successfully with a very unusual payload: a Tesla Roadster. The electric car is equipped with a dummy astronaut named Starman in the driver’s seat, has David Bowie’s Space Oddity playing on the speakers and ‘Don’t Panic’ (the tagline from Douglas Adams’ The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy) written on the dashboard.


While they originally expected the car to launch into a heliocentric orbit looping between Earth and Mars, the Falcon Heavy’s boosters overperformed on their final burn, setting the Roadster on a path into the asteroid belt. Now obviously this isn’t exactly accurate, but given that Musk gave the rocket a mere 50/50 chance of actually making it this far, it did pretty damn well. Furthermore, this was merely a test to prove the abilities of the rocket, which it’s delivered on and then some. There’s also an even larger rocket humourously named the BFR (Big Fucking Rocket) equipped with a BFV (Big Fucking Vehicle) already in the works. With some more fine tuning, these rockets could help launch various deep space exploration satellites and maybe even manned expeditions in the very near future. How exciting!