Questions tagged [tesla-roadster]

For questions related to Elon Musk's Midnight Cherry Tesla Roadster (and its "pilot", an empty SpaceX suit named Starman), launched as the payload on the inaugural Falcon Heavy flight on February 6, 2018. May also be used in conjunction with the [nonstandard-payload] tag.

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If we used Hubble, or the James Webb Space Telescope, how good image could we get of the Starman?

I know that this is never going to happen, because those telescopes have much more important things to look for ... But I was just wondering if we still did it, what would the best result look like? ...
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Which Tesla Roadster was launched into space?

Which Roadster was launched into space? What year was it made? I cannot find any information about it. On Wikipedia, there is an image of it from 2010, so it is at least that old. It doesn't look like ...
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How often has the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy been in space?

I came across an answer saying that a copy of the Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy was sent to space in Elon Musks roadster (in 2018). Has the book been in space before that (maybe taken to the ISS by ...
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State of Starman?

If Starman had been human and not a dummy, what would their state be now? Preserved or decayed? Dried? Frozen?
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At what minimum distance does the Earth appear star-like to the naked eye?

At what distance does the Earth become indistinguishable from stars and other planets to the naked eye, like the Pale Blue Dot or like Venus or Mars visible from Earth? Dot-like rather than spherical. ...
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When will the telescope that last saw Starman/Roadster be able to see it again?

According to this answer to When was the last time that Starman/Roadster was seen? it was last seen by Earthlings at least at 2018-03-19 03:22:33 UTC by a 1 meter ...
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How and/or why did Elon Musk mistweet Roadster's C3 so badly?

In this answer to How close would the Tesla Roadster with Starman have to get to Earth in order to become attracted and fall on Earth? I just wrote: When Roadster was launched from Earth Elon Musk ...
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How close would the Tesla Roadster with Starman have to get to Earth in order to become attracted and fall on Earth?

In 2091 the Tesla Roadster is said to maybe get closer to Earth than the Moon is. At Starman's current speed, would its location in 2091 be sufficient for the Earth to re-attract the Starman to let it ...
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What is the closest distance SpaceX's Tesla Roadster (Starman) will ever be to Mars?

Elon Musk's own personal Tesla Roadster launched on the Falcon Heavy in November 2018 and unfortunately overshot the orbit of Mars. This short animation shows the trajectory of SpaceX's Roadster. It ...
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If Starman (Roadster) had a "Starman Cam" could it see Mars? (as more than just a dot)

Our own Ben Pearson's new article in Ars Technica Starman is out there, but we probably won’t see him again until 2047 points out: A much closer pass will happen at Mars on April 22, 2035. The ...
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Why does Starman/Roadster have radial acceleration?

Discussion in chat pointed out that the SpaceX Roadster or Starman has a Marsden A1 coefficient. From solution 10 in Horizons: ...
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Why did Roadster (Starman) look fuzzy before the long burn to deep space started?

Information in this answer and in this answer shows that Derek C. Breit's hand-held video of the Falcon Heavy 2nd stage near the end of its six hour Earth orbit was recorded in the last minutes before ...
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Was Roadster (Starman) seen in Earth orbit, before the long burn to deep space?

Discussion in comments below this answer tend to conclude that 1st stages come back to Earth and so (essentially) all those tumbling rocket body objects in Heavens Above are 2nd stages, though I ...
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What was the ambient air density was there when/were Starman/Roadster first started playing Bowie's "Life on Mars"

When the Falcon Heavy test flight 2nd stage fairing opened at about 115 km, David Bowie started singing "Life on Mars". Okay, the Tesla Roadster's stereo started playing "Life on Mars", or at least ...
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When was the last time that Starman/Roadster was seen?

Starman/Roadster (2018-017A, 43205) is a Falcon 9 2nd stage with a red sports car attached, in a heliocentric orbit in deep space. It was tracked by telescopes for several weeks at least after launch ...
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Will Starman/Roadster pass particularly close to any asteroids in the next few years?

Given what's known about Starman/Roadster's orbit (2018-017A, 43205) have there been, or are there any future predicted close passes to asteroids or comets (or anything) in the next few years? These ...
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Could the Lunar X-Prize have been won by the Tesla Roadster that was the Falcon Heavy test payload?

The Lunar X-Prize winning condition was "landing a robot on the surface of the Moon, traveling 500 meters over the lunar surface, and sending images and data back to the Earth." The Falcon Heavy test ...
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Is there a database for space junk beyond Earth orbit, and is Roadster in it?

After a bit of low drama I've come to accept that Roadster is space junk and agree with this answer. After reading this answer about space junk in orbit around Earth, I'd like to ask if there is a ...
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Why does this site show Starman's position so far from what Horizons gives?

As this answer mentions, there have been several questions about the data represented on the whereisroadster site within the Space Exploration Stack Exchange site. One about wrong distances has been ...
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Why does this plot show Starman's speed relative to the Sun fluctuating so often?

After the launch of Starman, during the inaugural flight of SpaceX's heavy lift vehicle, the Falcon Heavy, PearsonArtPhoto set up a website to track various stats about Starman and his Roadster. A ...
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Pi-day challenge; when will Starman/Roadster's orbit reach pi wrt launchpoint or Earth?

In response to today being pi day (also see http://www.piday.org/), NASA has published it's fifth annual pi in the sky day 5 activity set (see also NASA goes the distance and Celebrate Pi Day with ...
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Is SpaceX doing any science with the Roadster and/or spacesuit?

I know that the putting the Tesla Roadster into orbit was primarily a publicity stunt. However, the thought occurred to me that it would also be an opportunity to do some science and/or gather data ...
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Where are all those blocks of steel and concrete now?

According to the Wikipedia article about Elon Musk's Tesla Roadster now in Heliocentric orbit: Traditionally, concrete or steel blocks are used as ballast in risky test flights. SpaceX wanted to ...
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What sterilizations or other preparations or approval were necessary to send the Tesla Roadster into an orbit that may impact life-capable planets?

I understand NASA and other space agencies have rules in place to protect planets or moons that might harbor life. This includes requirements to sterilize spacecraft as well as avoid impacts. There ...
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I got two questions about the Starman Tesla roadster orbiting the solar system [duplicate]

First, is it possible that the Starman Tesla roadster re-enters the earths orbit as it's close to the earth? Secondly, it's similar to the first one, is it possible that in 2020 when the Starman ...
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Starman and Tesla temperatures [duplicate]

As The Tesla car and Starman continue to orbit the earth, How does the paint on the car survive the extremes of temperature? As I understand it, they are both exposed to temperatures between 120C and -...
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Why did the Tesla Roadster spend time in the Van Allen belt?

Following the Falcon Heavy launch, the second stage + Roadster payload spent a number of hours 'drifting' through the Van Allen belt before performing the burn to put it into its current orbit. Elon ...
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Why didn't they launch the Falcon Heavy to be injected into Mars orbit?

With SpaceX's mission of getting a human colony, why would they launch the roadster into the astroid belt and not actually attempt to inject it into mars orbit?
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Frequency and modulation mode(s) for the SpaceX Tesla roadster mass in space

As an Electrical Engineer (emphasis in RF and radar, class of '74) who has followed the space program(s) since Mercury, and a prior flight test telemetry engineer, I was wondering if anyone knows what ...
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Where are the keys for Elon Musk's (Starman's) Tesla Roadster?

In this question, the OP posits that the keys will be in the ignition if/when the Roadster is ever recovered. I haven't yet found anything that notes where the keys actually are, and in the images ...
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Would Elon Musk's roadster be able to rotate itself using its wheels as reaction control?

If so, couldn't it also rotate itself sideways somewhat by turning its front wheels? (assuming it has 4wd and electricity.)
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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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What is the FOV on the various Starman cameras?

I'm trying to find the Field of View of the cameras used by Starman. Anyone know what it was? Thanks!
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How did the Roadster get high enough to take a whole-Earth picture?

According to telemetry as seen in videos of the event, the car was ejected from the Stage 2 rocket at 114km above Earth. Anything less than 160km will immediately enter a rapidly decaying orbit and ...
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Why doesn't the Tesla Roadster's windscreen crack or break in space?

The car is on the sun side of space as seen by the lens flare. This means that the car will absorb high amounts of radiation, heating the car up to well over 250 degrees Celsius . A car windscreen ...
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What is that haze on Starman's windshield?

There is a haze on the top half of Starman's windshield? It was not there in the first day o fthe launch and the video feed. It looks like fogged window, but assume it cannot be that. What is it and ...
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Tesla Roadster new orbital elements [closed]

Has a TLE been posted somewhere for the Tesla Roadster in its new orbit out past Mars? I was hoping to paste it into SN7. Thanks
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Can HiRISE photograph Starman?

On Oct 7, 2020, according to the latest predictions, the Tesla Roadster/ Starman will pass within 0.05 AU (7.4 million km). Could HiRISE image it with any success, and as anything but a dot?
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What accounted for the total mass of the Tesla/Starman?

According to this Wikipedia article, Falcon Heavy is claimed to be able to deliver a payload of 63,800 kilograms to LEO. According to this article, the Tesla Roadster has a curb weight of 1,305 kg. ...
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Could Starman get ejected from the Solar System?

This is not about a prediction of Starman's fate, although it might be interesting to find it so. This is about any object having similar aphelion and perihelion values to Starman (Elon Musk's Tesla ...
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Does anyone know what this camera view is of from Starman/Roadster live footage?

In reviewing the replay video of the live coverage of Starman/Roadster floating around the Earth I found a camera view that is different from the rest. Does anyone ...
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Why would SpaceX limit Starman’s Tesla signal transmission to 12 hours and not use solar power? [duplicate]

I'm as smitten as everyone else by Elon’s Starman cruisin' his Tesla through the cosmos. But I'm even more curious why we were limited to a signal transmission architecture with a mere 12-hour life ...
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How long will we be getting data (pictures?) from Starman and his Tesla?

So originally, I read this article that claimed that the battery in the Tesla launched on the Falcon Heavy would last for about 12 hours after launch. The live video stream was only broadcast for ...
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When is the tesla roadster expected to reach mars [duplicate]

I guess "Reach" is a bad term here. When is the Tesla roadster expected to be close enough to mars that it can orbit it normally, just as satellites orbit us. https://www.theverge.com/2018/2/6/...
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When will SpaceX Falcon Heavy Tesla cross Mars orbit?

Elon Musk clearly miscommunicated here. The Tesla is going to take awhile to cross Mars orbit. When will that be? note: to future readers, the shape of the orbit shown in this tweet is no longer ...
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Did SpaceX intend to overshoot Mars?

There seems to be a lot of buzz around the Internet that the now famous Roadster is going to overshoot mars. Was this intentional, just to show the kind of capacity it is capable of? Or was there some ...
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Did a particle hit the second stage of the Falcon Heavy in this video from the Starman stream?

The silver material surrounding the base of the Falcon Heavy second-stage engine jerks suddenly in this video from the Starman stream at 3:31:26 Is this due to a particle impact?
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What's up with Star Man's Roadster's suspension?

On Earth, a vehicle's weight compresses the suspension, and the wheel rims are generally designed to closely fit the contour of the tires with only a small gap between. Take away that weight, the ...
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What was the source of uncertainty on the Starman ejection burn?

After the launch and six-hour cruise, the Falcon Heavy’s upper stage will fire a third time to send the Tesla into a cycling orbit between Earth and Mars. This should take the Tesla out as far as the ...
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How did the communication work between the SpaceX Tesla and Earth?

With a Tesla launched in space and HD cameras put on it, I can imagine its not easy to receive a signal from that slowly spinning, multiple ten-thousand km away new artificial object in our solar ...
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