Starting with its power plant, the BFR will do away with the Merlin rocket engines utilized in both Falcon 9 and Falcon Heavy platforms in favor of the newly developed Raptor engine.
If the launch goes to plan today, the Roadster will be launched into space, where it will travel at 11km/s (7m/s) and 400 million kilometers (250 million miles) from Earth.
Live Science has reported that the vehicle will face a whole host of problems in space, especially after SpaceX reported that the auto is heading for an asteroid belt. Another interesting thing about this record-breaking launch was the dummy payload that flew with the Falcon Heavy rocket. "NSS members look forward to seeing NASA join the USA military in making use of the commercially competitive FH, now the most capable rocket currently flying". In a great article in The Atlantic on February 8, Marina Koren brings together information from astronomers, who were also talking on Twitter on launch day, following Musk and checking his facts.
"Now that we're nearly done with Falcon 9 and Falcon Heavy... most of our engineering resources will be dedicated to BFR", he says.
The president of the Mars Society, a space advocacy group intent on exploring and settling Mars, cheered SpaceX's achievement _ and reduced price.
Despite this, SpaceX's mission was an overall success and will surely reinvigorate the entire space exploration industry.
The side cores, or boosters, have been used in previous missions and after, blasting Falcon Heavy off, they returned to Earth.
If you want to commemorate SpaceX's achievement in your own way, you can now 3D print a model of the Falcon Heavy fairing.
"There is a part of the commercial market that requires Falcon Heavy", SpaceX president Gwynne Shotwell told the Los Angeles Times past year.
A public company is one that has shares that trade on the open markets. Tesla announced this week a loss of for the last quarter. They like Tesla because the company cares about more than cars. In contrast, private companies don't have reporting obligations with the SEC, and it is often hard for the public to get information about them.
This ridiculous post suggested that the person in question was Amazon boss Jeff Bezos, who founded Blue Origin which is SpaceX's biggest rival in the race to win lucrative contracts with the United States military and satellite companies for space missions.
But it didn't take long for online commentators to come up with freaky conspiracy theories, surrounding both the payload and intentions of SpaceX founder Elon Musk.
Musk, born in South Africa, co-founded the payments company Paypal, which revolutionized the way consumers could pay for merchandise online in the 1990s. It is a medium-sized auto which Tesla describes as its most affordable, and hopes it will have a mass market appeal.