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The second stage will fire its single Merlin engine three times, first to place the it and Tesla into space, then to demonstrate the Heavy's ability to insert satellites directly into geosynchronous Earth orbit and then finally, if all goes to plan, to thrust the Roadster into deep space.
Between the second and third burns, the Roadster will coast for six hours, passing in and out of the Van Allen belts, a concentrated region of radiation that surrounds Earth.
"We're going to be testing something on this flight which we've never done before, a six hour coast in deep space that's going to go through the Van Allen belts," said Musk. "So, it is going to get whacked [by radiation] pretty hard."
"The fuel [for the second stage] could freeze and the oxygen [for the engine] could vaporize, all of which could inhibit the third burn which is necessary for trans-Mars injection," he said. [From Shaking to 'Cannonballing' Ice: Here's What the Falcon Heavy Faces on Epic Test Flight]
If the stage survives the "grand tour" of the Van Allen belts and successfully fires its engine for a third time, then the Tesla will leave Earth on a journey to out where Mars circles the sun.
"It will go out to Mars orbit," said Musk, "about 400 million kilometers from Earth, about 250 to 270 million miles, and be doing 11 kilometers per second [7 miles per second]."
originally posted by: Dem0nc1eaner
What the hell is happening at 41:56?
It looks like the green screen cuts for a second!
I'm not even implying that but that is just what it looks like.
Those two side rockets landing was so epic, the whole launch was amazing.
originally posted by: adjensen
Watched it here in Daytona... very cool to hear the engines about two and a half minutes after take off -- it rattled the windows on the house.
As for "Starman," maybe this?