If they all happen to run into any extraterrestrials, the car's circuits are helpfully printed with the message, "Made on Earth by humans".
China will likely move into the global number two position in Space technology by 2027 with a superheavy Long March 9 rocket with 130 tons of payload. At the last minute, Musk said the car overshot and was going to the asteroid belt. In other words, we measure the frequency (sense), compute an appropriate corrective action (think), and then implement that action (act).
The Falcon Heavy rocket test was a major success and a thrill for space fans. A few duck-and-covers, too.
If you want an explanation for why the Falcon Heavy launch has been so welcomed, on a thoughtful level, it is due to the success of a rocket that is in the same ballpark of the vaunted Saturn V, and it is a step towards the BFR, which would be a true advance in space.
In the meantime, astronomers on Earth, of course, were seeking out the Tesla Roadster with their telescopes, in the days after it left Earth behind. That was at the height of the Cold War, with America champing at the bit after the Soviets put the first man in space.
For the fourth quarter of 2017, Tesla reported a net loss of US$675 million, up from US$121 million a year ago.
Some are proposing that NASA spends the next decade or longer building the "Deep Space Gateway", a mini-space station that would orbit the Moon, but this would be a strategic mistake and detour from what NASA should do starting in the early 2020s: Build a Lunar surface base with commercial and ISS partners, and with lessons learned, go to Mars in the 2030s. The co-founder of PayPal, Musk is the chief executive of both Tesla Inc., the electric-car pioneer, and Space Explorations Technologies Corp., or SpaceX, which ferries cargo for NASA.
So what could possibly be wrong with this groundbreaking test flight? The payload was delivered into an orbit that will take it around the Sun. Ask my husband when I go off into another galaxy for something I am diligently working on.
Musk admitted that he'd "missed the mark on that front", regarding the original autonomous drive demonstration, but he qualified that Tesla "could've done the coast-to-coast drive [last year] but that the company "would've had to do too much custom code, effectively gaming it". Besides, when it comes to Elon Musk, nothing can surprise us. The astronauts on the mission who landed on the moon, John Young and Charles Duke, traveled in the vehicle for a total of almost 3.5 hours, and covered more than 16 miles. And hey, if your toy car doesn't make it to the Mars orbit, you've got nothing to feel bad about!
It's that kind of positive thinking we could all use more of.
Meanwhile, the rocket's upper stage continued its journey with a red Tesla Roadster on board and a dummy called Starman - a tribute to David Bowie - in the driver's seat.
Musk looks calm, cool and collected in the adrenaline-pumping moments leading up the launch.
What is also unclear is whether the car was built in a perfect clean room.
Automatic feedback control is also key to keeping the lights on.
"A some point in 2018", Tesla said it expected to begin regularly reporting operating income.