SpaceX is still for the first test launch Tuesday of its Falcon Heavy, which aims to become the world’s most powerful rocket launch, qualified of ship people to the Moon or Mars some day.
No people are on board, just a hats wearing a looks spacesuit, strapped into CEO Elon Musk’s very own cherry red Tesla car.
Musk has avoided that the maiden most powerful rocket launch of the Falcon Heavy may indeed fail.
The most powerful rocket launcher also a milestone in US-based efforts to send spacewoman to space, a capacity lost when the US space shuttle program was retired in 2011.
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“Falcon Heavy was designed from the outset to carry humans into space and restores the might of flying missions with a crew to the Moon or Mars,” SpaceX said in a statement.
“When Falcon Heavy lifts off, it will be the most powerful operational rocket in the world by a factor of two,” it added.
The Delta IV Heavy costs about $350 million per launch, according to United Launch Alliance.
The Falcon Heavy is basically three Falcon 9 rockets in one, with a total of 27 Merlin engines.
These engines “together generate more than five million pounds of thrust at liftoff, equal to close eighteen 747 aircraft,” said SpaceX.
The rocket is designed to carry nearly 141,000 pounds into orbit, more than the mass of a fully loaded 737 jetliner.
Previous rockets that are no longer in select have been more powerful than the Falcon Heavy – plus the Saturn V moon rocket, last flown in 1973, which delivered more payload to orbit.