The Falcon Heavy is SpaceX’s most ambitious project yet. The Falcon Heavy is a variant of an advanced version of the Falcon 9, with 2 additional Falcon 9 First stages as strap-on boosters. Elon Musk announced that the first launch of the rocket will take place in November 2017.
While the Falcon 9 has one core that can land back on Earth, the Falcon Heavy has 3, and SpaceX hopes to land and rescue them all. The first 2 cores will land close after launch, while the third one will land after it delivered its payload. The Falcon Heavy can carry a payload with the mass of 63.800 kg, with the cost of $1.000 per pound.
The Falcon Heavy will be launched from launchpad 39A, the same one used for the Appolo 11 mission. Here is a representation of the Falcon Heavy on the launchpad:
Durin a conference, Elon Musk said that the outlook for Falcon Heavy’s first launch isn’t a promising one. “There’s are a lot of risks associated with Falcon Heavy, real good chance that the vehicle doesn’t make it to orbit. I want to make sure to set expectations accordingly.”
The Falcon Heavy will be the world’s most powerful rocket, with more than 5 million pounds of thrust. The liftoff thrust of the Falcon Heavy is equal with 18 Boeing 747 engines. The only rocket that carried more cargo to the orbit was the Saturn V that last flown in 1973,
On the 14th of August, SpaceX will launch a Falcon 9 rocket from Kennedy Space Center with a Dragon spacecraft equipped with cargo and supplies for the International Space Station.
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