Starman’s ride into deep space did complete its very first lap right around Milky Way Galaxy’s Sun. The mannequin wearing a spacesuit came from the mind of the founder of SpaceX and CEO of Tesla, Elon Musk. It was launched on the 6th of February 2018 during the inauguration of the rocket, namely Falcon Heavy.
The duo did also complete their first-ever solar orbit right around the weekend, based on a competent tracking website whereisroadster.com. Moreover, Tesla and Starman did cover a robust orbital period of around 557 days in Earth’s time. According to the website, if Tuesday, 20th of August is taken into consideration, they’ve traveled across space for almost 561 days.
During the launch, the radio of Roadster was playing “Life on Mars by David Bowie.” Technically, if the battery of the car would still be functional, then Starman would have heard “Life on Mars” for over 150,000 times. On the other hand, the site did also provide some fascinating piece of news. For instance, so far, Tesla has traveled over 760 million miles around 1.2 billion km in outer space. By the looks of it, this also suggests that Tesla Roadster has so far exceeded the standard warranty of over 21,000 times, around 58,000 km.
The rockets’ debut flights are quite risky. Moreover, this also explains the reason why SpaceX did choose to a payload with a dummy instead of a fully-functional satellite, back in February 2018. The mannequin was put on the launch of Falcon Heavy. Elon Musk did come forward and said that he did choose Roadster and Starman for sheer fun. Nevertheless, the new development suggests that the car does also serve the marketing purpose for the brand.
According to sources, Tesla Roadster, as well as the dummy-driver, are will make much more laps right around the massive star of the solar system. In the previous year, the current orbit modeling study suggested that Tesla Roadster would either make an impact on Earth or Venus. However, to accomplish this, the car would take another tens of millions in decades. The study also found out that there is a 6 percent chance that the vehicle will make an impact on Earth. However, a 2.5 percent change suggests that it will hit Venus in the next tens of millions of years.
As of now, the Falcon Heavy has around three distinctive yet highly anticipated lift-off for now. Only time will tell what the future holds for Tesla and SpaceX.