Hawai'i Telescope Spots SpaceX Tesla Roadster in Flight

Lunes, 12 Feb, 2018

In what seems like an unprecedented advertising action, both for Tesla and for Space X, Elon Musk has sent one of his own cars into space instead of the satellite mock-ups that are commonly used.

While SpaceX scored a major success with Falcon Heavy, continued delays by both SpaceX and Boeing have pushed commercial crew service to ISS from 2015 to 2019 or even 2020, forcing continued reliance on single-sourced Russian launch services at ever-escalating prices.

So unfortunately, unless it happens soon, aliens won't get a taste of life on Earth with their intergalactic minds blown by the shiny gift. Now that that's out of the way, he can jump on Tinder and start swiping. He has flown the flag of private enterprise as high as any of his richie-rich peers in the new economy, or even higher. It has 27 Merlin engines that give it a thrust capacity of 22,819 kN at sea level. However, this first mission saw a much lighter payload than is possible delivered into space.

The new observation of the Roadster, obtained by a robotically controlled telescope at the Tenagra Observatory in Arizona (a participating observatory in the Virtual Telescope Porject), shows the car moving across the night sky. Go on YouTube and search for "Falcon rocket landing".

A few hours earlier, he had announced on Twitter that the company's cosmic Roadster was en route to the asteroid belt, having overshot the trajectory for its planned Mars orbit. "When I see a rocket lift off, I see a thousand things that could not work, and it's amazing when they do". Grab the quick link to iTunes here. Electricity grids are designed to work at a frequency of either 50 or 60 Hertz. Nasa has been more circumspect, putting its estimate for a manned mission somewhere in the mid-2030s. Lower taxes, minimal regulation and minimal government control, all hallmarks of free enterprise, are fueling an innovation boom.

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"We were lucky to catch the Roadster before sunrise during our regular observing", said IfA's principal investigator for the ATLAS project Larry Denneau.