Being one of the wealthiest man on the planet comes with its own perks like getting to launch your own car on your own rocket to the space. Billionaire Elon Musk is doing just this. On February 8, he launched the first car in space, Tesla Roadster, piggy-backed on his own rocket, the SpaceX Falcon Heavy. However, there seems to have been a slight change of plan for the Roadster due to an overdose of fuel it seems.
The car originally intend to be on a path around the Sun so that it could be placed in Mar’s orbit has changed its trajectory putting the Roadster in an orbit beyond the Red Planet. Unlike the plan projected by Musk, his dummy driven car will not reach the asteroid belt.
Third burn successful. Exceeded Mars orbit and kept going to the Asteroid Belt. pic.twitter.com/bKhRN73WHF— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) February 7, 2018
The launch live streamed by Musk’s aerospace manufacturing organization Space X, saw the streaming being done from the point of view of the dummy of space. The final fuel burn in the space which was supposed to propel the rocket in a particular orbit to launch the car in space, burned extra changing the trajectory of the car altogether. This burn is reported to have happened above California.
View from SpaceX Launch Control. Apparently, there is a car in orbit around Earth. pic.twitter.com/QljN2VnL1O— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) February 6, 2018
Musk’s efforts in sending the first car to space seemed to have worked too well as his car will now be orbiting in deep space. The miscalculation finally made Space X knock on NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. The car is off its intended orbit by 169 million miles.