The Norfolk link to Elon Musk’s amazing SpaceX rocket launch
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A car with a strong link to Norfolk is hurtling through space after a high-profile launch from Florida.
The Falcon Heavy rocket has been launched from the Kennedy Space Centre in Florida and a Tesla Roadster was used to test the aircraft's carrying capacity, or payload.
The Roadster is comprised of parts manufactured by companies from across the globe, including Norfolk-based Lotus.
The spacecraft is comprised of three Falcon 9 rockets strapped together and is designed to deliver a maximum payload of 64 tonnes in low-Earth orbit. However, as maiden flights are notoriously unpredictable, the Tesla Roadster was used as a lighter dummy payload.
The rocket was launched by SpaceX and the cherry red car is owned by chief executive Elon Musk. A mannequin in a space suit has been positioned in the driver's seat and David Bowie's Space Oddity is playing on loop from the stereo.
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The car is expected to travel around 400 million kilometres from Earth, at a speed of 11km per second.
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