Tesla is reworking its approach to in-car navigation, and will deploy a "major navigation overhaul" in "early 2018", per Tesla CEO Elon Musk, who shared the news in response to a customer inquiry on Twitter. "Of course, anything boring is bad, especially companies, so we chose to send something unusual, something that made us feel". According to Musk, the auto will be locked in Mars orbit for 1 billion years playing David Bowie's "Space Oddity" for as long as it has power.
He said earlier this month that he wants to send the auto into "Mars orbit".
Having pretty much perfected the procedure with the Falcon 9, SpaceX is getting ready to take its technology to the next level with the debut launch in January of what will be the world's most powerful operational rocket.
SpaceX's three-booster Falcon Heavy rocket in a hangar at Cape Canaveral in December 2017. And in 2010, he launched a wheel of cheese into orbit during the maiden voyage of Dragon, a spaceship built by SpaceX. Instead, it was readily visible to Musk's 16.7 million Twitter followers.
Musk also hinted that other Tesla updates may be on the way.
The Tesla won't be going to the planet Mars itself, as Musk told Phil Plait, an astronomer and writer. This highly elliptical path goes out to the orbit of Mars, then back to Earth orbit on a near-endless loop (hence the "billion years or so" detail from Musk). After all, why would he want to send an electric auto into orbit around Mars?
Doubling down on his mission to never be boring, he also said that the vehicle would be blasting the famous 1972 song Space Oddity by David Bowie.
Musk also hinted that more software updates might be on the way.
Trouble is, The Verge reported that Musk later denied the whole thing.