Elon Musk says SpaceX could start testing Mars rockets in early 2019

Elon Musk says SpaceX could start testing Mars rockets in early 2019

The Falcon Heavy is SpaceX's most powerful rocket, and is created to take payloads to deep space, such as a future Mars mission.

Soon after Elon Musk, the founder of SpaceX and co-founder of Tesla made a surprise appearance at the SXSW 2018 Westworld panel, he posted the video about the inaugural Falcon Heavy launch from the Westworld creators in two parts on Instagram.

"There are a lot of bad things happening all over the world, all of the time", Musk said, referring to the launch of Falcon Heavy. In fact, Falcon Heavy is 2 times more powerful than the previous most powerful rocket. With the ability to lift into orbit almost 64 metric tons (141,000 lb)-a mass greater than a 737 jetliner loaded with passengers, crew, luggage and fuel-Falcon Heavy can lift more than twice the payload of the next closest operational vehicle, the Delta IV Heavy, at one-third the cost. Falcon Heavy put a Tesla Roadster and its passenger, Starman, into orbit around the sun. On the other hand, the main booster, which was set to land on a barge in the middle of the ocean, closely missed its landing site and plunged into the water.

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He teased one Twitter user before the show that his free ticket to see the billionaire exec would be "worth every penny" and indulged his audience with jokes and answers to unrelated questions, such as who inspires him - Fred Astaire and Kanye West.

Elon Musk announced Sunday plans for his Mars spaceship to be ready for trips to the red planet by early-to-mid 2019, according to news reports.