"[Starship's] def got the payload capacity…"
“Maybe on Starship?” he mused. “It’s def got the payload capacity…”
Not so Crazy
The idea might sound ridiculous, but it wouldn’t be the first time a SpaceX rocket launched with a Tesla as its payload. In 2018, the very first Falcon Heavy to reach space brought a Tesla Roadster along for the ride — and the car has since orbited the Sun and traveled nearly a billion miles.
If Musk did send a Cybertruck into space, it also wouldn’t be the first time something he seemingly off-handedly tweeted about actually came to fruition. After all, the first we heard about his Boring Company startup was a series of tweets he shared about wanting to dig tunnels beneath Los Angeles to avoid its notorious traffic.
Timing Is Everything
SpaceX is currently targeting a 2020 maiden launch for Starship. Tesla is expected to begin production on the Cybertruck in 2021, so it would likely need to use a prototype if it wanted the vehicle to be the payload for the first flight.
The publicity from the stunt could be a great way to drum up additional preorders just prior to the truck’s launch, though. And bonus: Musk wouldn’t have to worry about the vehicle hitting any traffic cones in space.
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