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The BBC report on the long term orbital behaviour of Musk's Tesla, launched by the Falcon Heavy last week. Here is an extract:

 

The Tesla car that Elon Musk launched into space is likely to stay there for tens of millions of years before crashing into the Earth or Venus.

That's the conclusion of an analysis by Czech and Canadian researchers.

They calculated that the roadster has a 6% chance of colliding with Earth and a 2.5% probability of hitting Venus over the next million years.

But there's no cause for concern: if it eventually returns to Earth, most of the vehicle will burn up.

The team's computer simulations suggest there is a very slim chance of the vehicle colliding with the Sun, but little to no chance of the car hitting Mars.

The results have been published on the Arxiv.org pre-print server.

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The guy's like Tony Stark. He's basically Ironman, and now with this launch his legacy is practically immortal. Seriously... Star Trek needs a new movie, but this time instead of V'ger, the sentient entity will be T'sla!

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10 minutes ago, iNow said:

The guy's like Tony Stark. He's basically Ironman, and now with this launch his legacy is practically immortal. Seriously... Star Trek needs a new movie, but this time instead of V'ger, the sentient entity will be T'sla!

Which has read a corrupted copy of Stephen King's "Christine" which has given it its goals.

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1 hour ago, iNow said:

The guy's like Tony Stark. He's basically Ironman, and now with this launch his legacy is practically immortal. Seriously... Star Trek needs a new movie, but this time instead of V'ger, the sentient entity will be T'sla!

Forget Tony Stark.

Think Batman.

Self-made billionaire, who has his hands in many companies simultaneously. He's in the computer business, the A.I. business, the automobile business, the internet business, the space business, and even in the biotech industry.

 

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I'm no where NEAR enough of a comic book guy to engage in a discussion like this, but...  

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iron_Man

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A wealthy American business magnate, playboy, and ingenious engineer, Anthony Edward "Tony" Stark <snip> creates a powered suit of armor to save his life and escape captivity. Later, Stark augments his suit with weapons and other technological devices he designed through his company, Stark Industries. He uses the suit and successive versions to protect the world <snip> for Stan Lee to explore Cold War themes, particularly the role of American technology and industry in the fight against communism.

 

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9 hours ago, iNow said:

The guy's like Tony Stark. He's basically Ironman, and now with this launch his legacy is practically immortal. Seriously... Star Trek needs a new movie, but this time instead of V'ger, the sentient entity will be T'sla!

On Star Trek Voyager they did find and old pickup truck adrift in space in one episode... 

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3 minutes ago, Moontanman said:

The episode was called "The 37s" 

And centered around the fact that humans had been abducted from Earth in 1937. One of which was Amelia Earhart (who, for some reason was in cryostasis  and still alive.)

Oddly enough, that old pickup truck with its metal body would likely fare better than the Tesla with its carbon fiber body which is much more susceptible to degradation by cosmic radiation. 

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2 hours ago, michel123456 said:

Does anyone know if the Tesla is full equipped? Or is it a simple empty body, or hiding some other kind of device? The message Made on Earth by Humans” printed on a circuitboard is not (I suppose) a standard feature of all Teslas.

It carries an ARCH, which is a high tech data storage unit which is supposed to be able to withstand the rigors of space.  Stored on the ARCH is a copy of Issac Asimov's Foundation Trilogy.

The words "Don't Panic" are also displayed on the dashboard.

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On 2/16/2018 at 7:57 PM, Janus said:

It carries an ARCH, which is a high tech data storage unit which is supposed to be able to withstand the rigors of space.  Stored on the ARCH is a copy of Issac Asimov's Foundation Trilogy.

The words "Don't Panic" are also displayed on the dashboard.

Thank you for the info. But you don't need an entire car to hold this: (image from https://medium.com/arch-mission-foundation/arch-mission-foundation-announces-our-payload-on-spacex-falcon-heavy-c4c9908d5dd1

Screen Shot 02-17-18 at 08.04 PM.JPG

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3 minutes ago, michel123456 said:

Thank you for the info. But you don't need an entire car to hold this: (image from https://medium.com/arch-mission-foundation/arch-mission-foundation-announces-our-payload-on-spacex-falcon-heavy-c4c9908d5dd1

Screen Shot 02-17-18 at 08.04 PM.JPG

The car was there to provide the test payload mass.  It's not enough to just launch the rocket, you have to demonstrate that it is capable of carrying a payload.   Typically, something like cement blocks would be used for this.  Using the Tesla instead brought more media attention to the launch. 

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It seems unlikely that roadster will be in orbit for than a hundred years. I think it will end up in the Smithsonian or a private collection.

On 2/15/2018 at 9:13 AM, Raider5678 said:

Forget Tony Stark.

Think Batman.

Self-made billionaire, who has his hands in many companies simultaneously. He's in the computer business, the A.I. business, the automobile business, the internet business, the space business, and even in the biotech industry.

 

The hyperloop, factory automation, commercial battery installations, nearly indestructible solar panel roof tiles, tunnel boring, supercharger network, and pushing limits everywhere.

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15 hours ago, Janus said:

The car was there to provide the test payload mass.  It's not enough to just launch the rocket, you have to demonstrate that it is capable of carrying a payload.   Typically, something like cement blocks would be used for this.  Using the Tesla instead brought more media attention to the launch. 

I wonder. What is the purpose of the circuitboard?

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