Falcon Heavy Flies Tomorrow (Cross Your Fingers!)

With luck and fair weather (the latter being a rather tricky thing given Florida’s climate), the Falcon Heavy will blast off from KSC’s LC-39A somewhere between 1:30 PM and 4:00 PM Eastern Standard Time.  It should be spectacular — no matter how it goes.  (Elon Musk is downplaying it by giving it just 50/50 odds of success.)

And to help get us all in the mood, SpaceX has released an updated animation, showing the actual flight profile (core stage landing at sea, rather than returning to Florida), and depicting the Tesla “mass simulator” that is acting as the payload, with the top down, and an astronaut dummy named Starman riding in the driver’s seat.

Note: the dummy only appears in some of the images I’ve seen on the Internet from the Tesla’s encapsulation.  So I am not 100% sure it still got to go along.  This animation seems to imply the pictures with him on board are the final ones, though:


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