Elon Musk just can’t get enough of staying in the news. In recent times, the 46-year-old businessman has launched surprise after surprise for the world to see.
Musk has had one of the most impressive and inspirational careers of all time. The man has pumped millions into ideas nobody could see blossoming. From the invention of an online payment service (PayPal) to bringing the idea of 100% electric cars to life, Elon has done the impossible. But he always had his eyes on the bigger picture. And that idea was commercial space travel.
Over the past couple of years, Elon has pumped endless amounts of money into developing SpaceX, the first privately owned rocket manufacturer. The company has gone on to achieve wonders, recently mastering re-usable rockets and earned itself a NASA contract. But Elon went a step beyond and set an even more impossible goal. The mission to colonize Mars.
But since that doesn’t seem like a success of the near future, Elon has taken a step in the right direction. On February 6 1:30 PM EST (18:30 GMT) 2018. He plans on launching the Falcon Heavy, the most powerful rocket ever made. The rocket is set to make its way to Mars. Now that’s what we call innovation.
However, Elon doesn’t do things like every other person would. I mean, he’s in the news for a reason of course, and that’s because of his unorthodox techniques of performing business-related tasks. If it were just a rocket launch, it wouldn’t be any different from what NASA has been doing since forever. So what is it that Tesla or Elon did differently?
Well, a rocket of that magnitude needs a heavy payload to carry out a space mission. So what did Elon insert as the required payload? Was it some sort of cargo? Or waste? Or anything of significance? Well, he made his decision in classic Elon style. Much like marketing a flamethrower to the public, Elon pulled one of his humorous antics and loaded the Falcon Heavy with his brand new Tesla Roadster.
Yes, you read that right, the highly anticipated supercar was put on the Falcon Heavy rocket on an orbit of Mars. But wait, it gets even better. Sitting in the driver’s seat is a mannequin, dressed up in latest SpaceX space gear. Once the rocket makes its way, it will offload the payload and allow for the Roadster to enter a billion year elliptical orbit of Mars.
It doesn’t just end there either. Elon himself revealed that he programmed David Bowie’s song Space Oddity to run on a loop during this mission. It may even be considered as a tribute to the music legend who himself was a big fan of space travel, creating songs mirroring the idea.
A Red Car for the Red Planet Test flights of new rockets usually contain mass simulators in the form of concrete or steel blocks. That seemed extremely boring. Of course, anything boring is terrible, especially companies, so we decided to send something unusual, something that made us feel. The payload will be an original Tesla Roadster, playing Space Oddity, on a billion year elliptic Mars orbit.
In a recent Instagram post, Musk shared the brilliant idea saying that,
“Test flights of new rockets usually contain mass simulators in the form of concrete or steel blocks. That seemed extremely boring.
Of course, anything boring is terrible, especially companies, so we decided to send something unusual, something that made us feel.
The payload will be an original Tesla Roadster, playing Space Oddity, on a billion year elliptic Mars orbit.”
But regardless of the critics, as always the general public met the idea with the right amount of enthusiasm and excitement. While at the same time, Elon just keeps coming up with ideas that not only make history but make everyone happy and feel involved. We hope he carries on the good work and continues the endless innovation.