SpaceX pushes forward with Mars rocket system

  • SpaceX pushes forward with Mars rocket system

SpaceX pushes forward with Mars rocket system

"But life can not just be about solving one miserable thing after another", he added.

Elon Musk released a lovely new short video about launching the Tesla Roadster driven by "Starman", a dummy equipped with a spacesuit, in space on the Falcon Heavy, SpaceX's latest rocket.

"Why is the Falcon Heavy and Starman (the dummy sitting behind the wheel of a vehicle - ed.)?" There need to be things that inspire you, that make you glad to wake up in the morning and be part of humanity. That's why we did it.

The video shows, with elegant editing, the Florida crowds lined up to witness the launch, the preparation of the three massive engines and the rocket's fiery ascent.

Eccentric billionaire and SpaceX founder Elon Musk broke the news during his appearance at the South By Southwest festival this past weekend (he appears to be a big fan of Westworld), claiming that the SpaceX Mars rocket is making steady progress, and will very likely be making short test flights starting next year.

Perhaps not surprisingly, it was put together by Lisa Joy and Jonathan Nolan of HBO's Westworld. "This is not a movie trailer". This is not a TV show trailer. In fact, Falcon Heavy is 2 times more powerful than the previous most powerful rocket.

After the Heavy Falcon has been launched, its side propellers successfully landed by themselves after splitting from the core rocket.

A few weeks removed from launch, Starman and his trusty Roadster are still orbiting in outer space.

Considering Musk has said in the past that he believes SpaceX will send a rocket all the way to Mars by 2022, some early tests in 2019 would be a great sign that those goals can be met.