The Falcon Heavy rocket is planned to launch in late 2013 or 2014 (Image SpaceX)
The Falcon Heavy rocket (Image: SpaceX)
The Falcon 9 (top) and Falcon Heavy (bottom) rockets (Image: GW_Simulations)
SpaceX, the American space transport company founded by PayPal and Tesla Motors co-founder Elon Musk that is responsible for the Dragon space capsule and Falcon 1 and Falcon 9 rockets, has announced a late 2013 or 2014 launch date for the world’s most powerful rocket, the Falcon Heavy. Overshadowed by only the Saturn V moon rocket that was decommissioned after the Apollo program, the Falcon Heavy will be able to carry payloads of 53 metric tons (117,000 pounds or 53,070 kg) into orbit, which is more than the maximum take-off weight of a Boeing 737-200 loaded with 136 passengers, luggage and fuel.
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