When Elon Musk stated at SpaceX that the payload would be “less boring” than a pile of bricks for the test flight, what exactly did he mean? This curiosity took over the internet and media like a wildfire.
February 6, 2018, SpaceX launched Elon Musk’s Tesla Roadster as the dummy payload for the Falcon Heavy Test Flight. In the driver’s seat sat Starman, named after David Bowie’s 1972 hit Starman, a mannequin dressed in the most streamlined spacesuit ever designed.
For heavy load testing, just a pile of regular payload won’t be that exciting but sending Tesla to space is another story.
All circuit boards on the Tesla read “Made on Earth by Humans,” and onboard is a plaque with names of all 6000 employees involved in this unique test.
Months before the Falcon Heavy launch, Tesla and SpaceX shared images on social media of the payload being arranged put into the capsule. These images stirred tons of interest, making headlines everywhere.
The excitement hit an all-time high with the live stream of the Test Flight. As the capsule opened in space, the audience was greeted by a breathtaking view of the Earth and Tesla Roadster in the foreground.