SpaceX CEO Elon Musk is giving 50-50 odds that his Falcon Heavy Rocket with Tesla Roadster payload will explode on liftoff during today’s launch.
The launch window is scheduled from 1:30-4:30 EST and the weather is cooperating. So barring any technical glitches the world’s most powerful rocket
will be launched into space.
Musk’s goal is to put a car in orbit around Mars.
Musk says today’s launch is “guaranteed to be exciting, one way or another.”
The 230-foot tall rocket features three boosters and 27 engines, and SpaceX says it will be the most powerful operational rocket in the world by a factor of two.
The Falcon Heavy is unmanned and is carrying a payload of Musk’s personal 2008 Tesla Roadster with a “Starman” mannequin in the driver’s seat, dressed in the spacesuit that astronauts will wear on SpaceX flights to the International Space Station.
If the rocket explodes, it will be equivalent to 4 million pounds of TNT.