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Questions tagged [nonstandard-payload]

Payloads (cargo) that are launched for unusual reasons. Use this tag to discuss payloads that are not normal for space-bound vehicles.

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Is New Shepard an orbit-capable first stage? Could an (albeit small) 2nd stage with propulsion be put on top that could put a smallsat into orbit?

This answer to How is New Shepard the first suborbital booster to successfully perform a powered vertical soft landing? discusses a potential differentiation between Falcon 9's first successful ...
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Interplanetary secondary payload

Have there been any interplanetary secondary payloads? If there were none, are any such payloads planned? I consider two options: launcher rocket's destination is Earth's orbit (LEO etc.), then ...
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Is Starman in the Tesla Roadster a real human?

I first need to know if starman is a real human or a robot. If he is a real human, how does he live? How many years can he live in that car?
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Starman's Tesla prelaunch preparation

How did they prepare the Tesla before launch? At minimum did they deflate the tires? Removed all liquids and batteries? What about all the materials used on it?How will they react to such friendly ...
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Why is the first launch of Falcon Heavy sending a car instead of something useful?

The first launch of the new Falcon Heavy will be sending up a Tesla Roadster owned by Elon Musk as its payload instead of something more useful. Why spend all that money and effort sending up a car? ...
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Can I drive Elon Musk's Tesla after it's been in space for 100 Years?

We know that the the payload of the maiden Falcon Heavy flight will be... Elon Musks's Tesla Which will be placed in "Mars Orbit" Assuming it is serviced and road ready when launched with the keys in ...
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How can Elon Musk's Tesla actually reach Mars orbit?

So the payload of the maiden Falcon Heavy flight will be... Elon Musks's Tesla This is one part publicity stunt (it's going to be playing David Bowie's Space Oddity, if for nothing more than the ...
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Has any payload been as silly, as the Falcon Heavy's Tesla Roadster?

Seemingly as a joke, Elon Musk suggested in a tweet that the first payload of Falcon Heavy demo flight would be his Midnight Cherry Tesla Roadster. The first payload of Falcon 9 with a Dragon test ...
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