Elon Musk’s Thunderbird is Go
In early February, Spacex launched its first Falcon Heavy rocket into orbit, carrying Spacex and Tesla CEO Elon Musk’s personal Roadster as a test payload, and then successfully landed two of the three rocket boosters. It
was an incredible achievement, and it got us thinking about what it would take for our Truck of the Year to do the same. So we did the math.
STRUTTER Keeping the three cores of the Falcon Heavy together are a pair of struts connecting them at the top and bottom of the first stages.
STARMAN The Falcon Heavy’s maiden flight shot a Tesla Roadster out into the solar system with a cool passenger listening to David Bowie.
HOT FEET The landing gear folds out just before the first stage touches down on either the drone landing ship or the landing zone.
BIRDS OF A FEATHER The 27 (9 x 3) Merlin engines are not named for the mythical Arthurian sorcerer. It refers to a small species of ... falcon. * Low Earth orbit; Geosynchronous orbit