An electrical engineer who was working in the aerospace industry has created a website to track Tesla CEO Elon Musk’s Roadster. The car is tied to Falcon Heavy rocket made by SpaceX which is zooming through space. SpaceX fan Ben Pearson has created ‘Where is Roadster’ a website, which makes use of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory Horizons data to track the progress of the car and its dummy driver ‘Starman’ through space, TechCrunch reported this Sunday.
The website would also predict the car’s path and let people know when it will come close to meeting up with various planets and the Sun. The platform would even tell the Roadster’s current position as well as its speed and also, whether it was moving towards or away from Earth and Mars at any given moment. The website is not officially affiliated with the SpaceX or Tesla, Elon Musk took a note of it on Twitter saying,
I’m sure it’s parked around here somewhere …https://t.co/cq4LEhu4qD
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) February 18, 2018
“I’m sure it’s parked around here somewhere http://whereisroadster.com,” Musk. The SpaceX CEO, tweeted late on Sunday. The car was originally intended to be inserted into an orbit. That would fly closer to the planet Mars, but the third engine burn of the Falcon Heavy upper stage “exceeded” that orbit, sending the car into deep space.
Currently, the Roadster is still much closer to Earth. That is 2.25 million miles away than to Mars. 137.5 million miles away, Fortune reported. “Meanwhile, Mars is moving too. So when the Roadster first intersects its orbit this July. The planet itself will already be millions of miles away,” the report had said. After this, the Roadster will actually return to something close to Earth’s orbit. Though again, Earth itself won’t be anywhere close to it.
According to the site’s data. The Roadster won’t actually be close to Mars until the early October of 2020. The car does not have any landing equipment. Or thrusters to land it on the surface of Mars. Earlier in February. The Virtual Telescope Project of Tenagra Observatory in Arizona. Caught the car moving across the night sky.
Gianluca Masi of the Virtual Telescope Project and Michael Schwartz of. The Tenagra Observatory were able to pinpoint the car’s location. By using data which was generated by the Solar Systems Dynamics Laboratory. At NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. The project said that the Tesla Roadster was “quite bright”.
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