Elon Musk’s great grandmother was Canada’s first chiropractor, and his mother and father were the first people to fly from South Africa to Australia in a single-engine plane. Now Elon is taking his family’s knack for adventure to new levels – outer space. Musk plans to take his own, personal, midnight cherry red Tesla Roadster convertible to Mars.
After helping to start Paypal, and selling it for billions you’d think the adventure was over, but Musk went on to create an electric car /solar panel/lithium battery company as well as Space X which has made the world’s first recyclable rockets. You have to wonder what drives a man like Musk.
The Falcon Heavy is SpaceX’s most powerful reusable rocket. Musk has said he plans to cannibalize all his rockets at some point to create transportation that will help get enough people to Mars to start a civilization there – a dream he has confessed publically for years now.
The Falcon Heavy is set to launch in January and aboard it will be his own personal, cherry red Tesla roadster. Musk tweeted that he will be playing Space Oddity by David Bowie while the rocket launches.
The planned destination is Mars and, all being well, Musk said his personal vehicle will be in the planet’s orbit for “a billion years.”
He also tweeted, “I love the thought of a car drifting apparently endlessly through space and perhaps being discovered by an alien race millions of years in the future.”
For those who believe Elon Musk’s dreams are too far reaching, he just made good on a promise to build the world’s largest battery. A 129-megawatt lithium ion battery just went live in South Australia. Musk gave himself 100 days to find a solution to the outages that Australia was facing, and he did.
Due to this Earth-bound accomplishment, South Australia is now leading the world in renewable energy.
As for his Mars goal, the SpaceX “BFR” (Big Fucking Rocket) spaceship, should ready to fly astronauts to Mars by 2024, and could also be used to transport passengers to any destination on Earth in less than an hour, according to Musk as he relayed his plans to a huge crowd at the International Astronautical Congress 2017 in Adelaide, Australia.
When explaining how his rocket could transport people on Earth, Musk stated in an Instagram post, that the cost of a rocket hop between cities would be relatively affordable. “Cost per seat should be about the same as full fare economy in an aircraft,” Musk wrote. “Forgot to mention that.”
If only his latest Tesla was affordable, too. The next “super car” the one that Musk himself drives, will cost at least $200,000. You can only reserve one with a $50,000 down payment. But at least it will be fast – like his rockets. Dodge’s Challenger Demon, marketed as “the world’s fastest production car,” goes 0 to 60 mph in 2.3 seconds. The Porsche 918 Spyder goes 0 to 60 in 2.5 seconds.
Whether its Musk’s ‘BF’ SpaceX rockets or shiny, super-fast electric cars for the uber wealthy, he certainly doesn’t go small on anything he does. The age of the Jetson’s seems to grow nearer, if only by Elon Musk’s pure will.
Musk hasn’t said if he plans to be one of the astronauts on the maiden voyage of his BFR SpaceX flight, but you can bet if he is, it will be done in grand style.