Don't panic: the random motion of Tesla in space

2018-03-05T12:03:28+01:006 March 2018|Categories: No Category|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

Elon Musk's recent stunt to launch a red Tesla Roadster towards Mars, complete with a pilot in an astronaut suit in the driver's seat, brought to light a technological theme initially developed in the 1960s, during the Apollo missions. We are talking about super-heavy launchers, i.e. those rockets that allow you to carry at least 50 tons of weight in low Earth orbit (between 160 and 2000 km of altitude). In astronautics they are called vectors (or launchers) those designed missiles, and used, to send a certain “payload” into space. Depending on the payload (payload in inglese) [...]