Tesla is reworking its approach to in-car navigation, and will deploy a "major navigation overhaul" in "early 2018", per Tesla CEO Elon Musk, who shared the news in response to a customer inquiry on Twitter.
The maiden launch of the Falcon Heavy, with the Tesla Roadster, is targeted for January from Pad 39A at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida.
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For anyone that still thought that Musk was joking, he put those thoughts to rest today with a few images posted to Instagram. If successful, the launch will put the auto on a path to intercept the orbit of Mars. "Of course, anything boring is awful, especially companies, so we chose to send something unusual, something that made us feel". "Payload will be my midnight cherry Tesla Roadster playing Space Oddity", Musk wrote on Twitter.
Earlier this year, Musk posted a teaser showing how the Falcon Heavy launch might look when it takes place in a matter of weeks. It was later clarified that it'll aim for an orbit around the sun that will, at times, put the vehicle and Mars at equal distances from the sun. "Will be in deep space for a billion years or so if it doesn't blow up on ascent". Falcon Heavy is also up to the task: It can ferry a payload of 37,000 pounds - roughly 14 Tesla Roadsters' worth of mass - to Mars.
Doubling down on his mission to never be boring, he also said that the vehicle would be blasting the famous 1972 song Space Oddity by David Bowie. Musk also told Plait that he's willing to consider launching other objects inside the Tesla suggested by the public.
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For instance, he loved a post in November that is an image of Santa Claus standing in NY with a box of dynamite. Jameson also signed the letter "Abdallah abu Everitt ibn Gordon al-Amriki", an Arabicized version of his name.