Falcon Heavy’s fairing stands dozens of feet tall and is made of lightweight yet incredibly strong carbon-fiber composite materials.

Payloads have to be carefully balanced inside a fairing to prevent damaging and leaning the rocket askew during flight.

This might explain why SpaceX engineers will integrate the car front-up on its cone-shaped payload stand…

… Though it may just be for a better through-the-dash-window camera angle.

If successful, Musk’s car will be the first ever to fly free through the vacuum of space. It may also be one of humanity’s longest-lasting legacies in the solar system, since it’d survive indefinitely.

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