It's a great little piece of myth-making - not surprising, considering it was put together by Jonathan Nolan, co-creator of HBO's visionary Westworld. The entrepreneur has posted the video (he calls it Falcon Heavy and Starman) in two parts on Instagram.
The rocket meant to make this voyage isn't the Falcon 9 or even the Falcon Heavy rocket, but a newer model that SpaceX is still putting together called the BFR - officially short for "Big Falcon Rocket", but since the name was partly inspired by Doom's BFG weapon, it's probably not unintentional if you first saw that acronym a different way.
"Life can not just be about solving one sad problem after another".
Additionally, SpaceX has released this new video of the launch, which includes some never-before-seen footage of the Roadster being prepped for its journey into space.
While Nolan noted that he often laments the fact that his grandparents' generation was the one to travel to the moon and sometimes it can seem like there have been few similar achievements since, Musk's recent SpaceX launch is something that fits into the "inspire" and "create conversation" model he holds in high regard.
"We are building the first ship, or interplanetary ship, right now", Musk said during a surprise Q&A session at South by Southwest. "And we were trying to think of an image, something to shock people, and what we came up with was a red sports vehicle and a David Bowie song", Nolan said.
SpaceX and "Westworld" creators made a Falcon Heavy short film originally appeared on Autoblog on Sun, 11 Mar 2018 09:30:00 EDT.