Musk say the rockets payload will include his personal Midnight Cherry Tesla Roadster, and while it is being blasted into space the car's stereo will be playing David Bowie's "Space Oddity".
Once the rocket is assembled and rolled out to Pad 38A, it will have to undergo a "static fire" test before getting a final "go" for launch. Musk himself has said that the first Falcon Heavy launch may end in disaster or fail to achieve Earth orbit, much less complete a Hohmann transfer and head for Mars.
Musk, 46, made the announcement via Twitter on Friday, stating that a SpaceX rocket, known as the Falcon Heavy, will blast off from Cape Canaveral, site of the historic Apollo 11 mission. Rather fittingly, the auto will play David Bowie's 1969 classic "Space Oddity" as it orbits Mars.
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In the meantime, the Falcon Heavy is meant to boost the amount of cargo SpaceX can take into space for its customers. It was originally supposed to take flight back in 2013 or 2014, but its maiden flight is now pegged for January 2018, according to Musk. Will have double thrust of next largest rocket. With the ability to lift into orbit over 54 metric tons (119,000 lb)-a mass equivalent to a 737 jetliner loaded with passengers, crew, luggage and fuel-Falcon Heavy can lift more than twice the payload of the next closest operational vehicle, the Delta IV Heavy, at one-third the cost. Musk is hopeful it actually makes it up into the air, partly because his auto may (or may not) be part of the Falcon Heavy's initial cargo.
But Musk has also said the rocket has a good chance of blowing up before it reaches earth orbit.