When a brilliant billionaire with otherworldly domination on the brain decides it is time to exceed expectations with a product launch, surely they would be anticipating a bumpy ride along the way. And that’s exactly what Tesla and SpaceX Founder and CEO, Elon Musk witnessed less than 24 hours since his Heavy Falcon rocket took off. The Falcon Heavy had a payload of Tesla’s Roadster and took off from Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, FL.
Around 7:30 AM EST, it appeared as if something impacted the spacecraft, causing a slight jolt during the early stages of its Mars-bound flight.
Clearly, however not surprisingly, there seems to be no mention of it anywhere, but for those watching closely on the “Starman,” live stream, as the Roadsternaut is now affectionately known, the impact(s) were definitely noticeable. Within the video footage, a second disturbance causes the foil to move around in a very unusual manner, and almost immediately, the live feed went dark. The blackout lasted for 15 – 20 minutes before it returned to its regularly scheduled live streaming of the Starman. SpaceX has since removed video footage of the mishap and blackout, but it definitely occurred and we cannot help but speculate on the nature of the disturbance.
The obtained footage of the unusual activity was taken directly from the live SpaceX feed (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m2p55BmwmJM ), and it was definitely something any obsessed stargazer would want to check out for themselves, so have a look!
Naturally, this series of strange occurrences has us asking: What caused the blackout? What caused the unusual movement? Why does the foil thermal blanket move in such a sudden, abrupt manner, and then suddenly shift the camera to an awkward angle, showing additional movement? Was it space junk? Was it a meteor?
We would love to get a response from SpaceX because, like many folks, we are glued to the feed and really curious about what caused such events to occur. What kind of impact actually took place?
Obviously, it was not a major concern. After a period of 15 – 20 minutes, everything was back in action. Cameras were readjusted and Starman resumed control of the helm. Did space junk impact the spacecraft? Was it a declaration of interstellar warfare by extraterrestrials? Or do you think it was staged to increase viewership, because a boring excuse of, say “a glitch in the filming,” just doesn’t cut it anymore? Any and all theories are welcome, of course…
Currently cruising beyond the orbit of the moon, in an elliptical orbit around the sun, Tesla’s space-traveling Roadster, manned by “Starman,” a space suit-donning dummy, has had a tremendous amount of attention over the past few days. This mission was successfully launched on Tuesday, February 6, 2018, by SpaceX’s most advanced rocket to date, the Falcon Heavy. At the moment, the cherry-red Tesla Roadster is on a mission to Mars, with the Red Planet’s orbit on the horizon by summer 2019.
So, why the use of a stunning Tesla vehicle and not the typical steel or cement blocks that NASA typically sends into orbit? Elon Musk wanted to make people feel something, so a cherry-red Roadster was chosen as the object to inspire the masses. Quoted by the master of Tesla and SpaceX himself: “Of course, anything boring is terrible, especially companies, so we decided to send something unusual, something that made us feel. “The payload will be an original Tesla Roadster, playing Space Oddity (by David Bowie), on a billion-year elliptic Mars orbit.”
Did you happen to catch the footage of the SpaceX Tesla Roadster blackout? What was your initial reaction? If you haven’t seen it yet, we’ve got the footage! Commentary and explanations from SpaceX are absolutely welcome and encouraged; we’d love to know more!