Elon Musk is sending his red Tesla to Mars next month

Elon Musk is sending his red Tesla to Mars next month

Three months later, in the space of a weekend, it pulled off two successful rocket missions.

With 27 rockets and the ability to launch almost three times the amount of payload into orbit SpaceX is hoping its new rocket will become the gold standard for sending equipment and humans into space.

The Chief Executive of SpaceX has recently state that when the company's rocket launches in January, the "payload will be my midnight cherry Roadster...[The] destination is Mars orbit".

He said the vehicle will play David Bowie's "Space Oddity" full blast on the way to Mars, if the rocket doesn't explode during liftoff.

The first test, which will precede the attempt to fire a Tesla Roadster into Mars orbit, will be a "static fire" in which all of the engines are activated at once.

It is a significant part of the plans initiated by Mr Musk to "make human life multi-planetary" which involves building a self-sustaining, one-million-person civilization on Mars, as announced last September and published in his book titled Making Humans a Multi-Planetary Species. This weight is two times the capacity of the Delta IV Heavy, the biggest rocket now in operation.

SpaceX also plans to be able to recover all three rocket cores that power the "Falcon Heavy", just like it has done over the a year ago with main rocket booster stage of its "Falcon 9" rockets, according to The Verge.

And if all goes well there, Falcon Heavy should be ready for launch within the first few weeks of 2018. It will also mark a coming out for the much-awaited Falcon Heavy, in a launch slated for the same Florida launchpad that sent Apollo astronauts to the moon.

Elon Musk is the founder, CEO, and CTO of SpaceX; a co-founder, Series A investor, CEO, and product architect of Tesla Inc.; co-chairman of OpenAI; and founder and CEO of Neuralink. As of October 2017, Musk has an estimated net worth of $20.8 billion.