Elon Musk shares the last image of his Tesla Roadster in space

Two booster rockets from the Falcon 9 SpaceX heavy return for a landing at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral Fla. Tuesday Feb. 6 2018

Two booster rockets from the Falcon 9 SpaceX heavy return for a landing at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral Fla. Tuesday Feb. 6 2018

The company's shares jumped 3 percent to $344.74 in morning trading after SpaceX successfully launched its Falcon Heavy rocket.

If SpaceX can fly the Falcon Heavy reliably, the rocket could prove useful to the Pentagon for lifting national security satellites and to NASA for helping its human exploration goals.

On the eve of the flight, Musk told reporters the company had done all it could to maximize success and he was at peace with whatever happens: success, "one big boom" or some other calamity.

The market, however, has changed significantly since Musk announced the Falcon Heavy project in 2011.

Musk later revealed the third booster, brand new, slammed into the Atlantic at 300 miles per hour and missed the floating landing platform, scattering shrapnel all over the deck and knocking out two engines. Earlier this month, the company raised $546 million in securitized notes backed by Model S and X lease payments, the first time Tesla has securitized its leases. With vast reusable rocket power, Musk can expand the current capabilities of his own company as well as the United States Intelligences'.

"I think it looks so ridiculous and impossible".

If Elon Musk's Tesla Roadster and its "Starman" driver are to survive in space for hundreds of millions of years, they may have to dodge some asteroids. Musk has plenty of experience with rocket accidents, from his original Falcon 1 test flights to his follow-up Falcon 9s, one of which exploded on a nearby pad during a 2016 ignition test.

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"What we can say with confidence is that we are taking many actions to systematically address bottlenecks... and these actions should result in our production rate significantly increasing during the rest of Q1 and through Q2". NASA's version is expected to cost more than 10 times as much.

The vehicle faces considerable speed bumps before settling into its intended orbit around the sun, an oval circle stretching from the orbit of Earth on one end to the orbit of Mars on the other. It's the landing part that's especially hard, he noted, especially at the speed the craft will be traveling when it comes in for a touchdown on another planet.

If it weathers all this, the Roadster will reach the vicinity of Mars in six months, Musk said.

As has been said, "if you like sausage and respect the law, you should watch neither being made - and to some degree that is true of a production ramp", Musk said. In addition to carrying a plaque with the names of 6,000 SpaceX employees, the vehicle also transported a data storage device containing Isasac Asimov's classic Foundation science fiction trilogy.

Meanwhile, NASA has been planning a Space Launch System rocket for Mars missions.

He said he hoped other private enterprises would follow his lead and say, "Hey, we can do bigger and better".

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