FALCON HEAVY: World’s Most Powerful Rocket

FALCON HEAVY: World’s Most Powerful Rocket

Till now everyone would have well known to SpaceX, those who don’t know SpaceX, let me give you a small Intro about SpaceX.  SpaceX is an American aerospace manufacturer and space transport services company headquartered in Hawthorne, California. It was founded in 2002 by entrepreneur Elon Musk with the goal of reducing space transportation costs and enabling the colonization of Mars. SpaceX has since developed the Falcon launch vehicle family and the Dragon spacecraft family, which both currently deliver payloads into Earth orbit.

Now everybody knows Elon Musk. We know him by multiple identities such as founder, CEO, and CTO of SpaceX; a co-founder, An investor, CEO, and product architect of Tesla Inc.; co-chairman of OpenAI; founder and CEO of Neuralink. He was previously co-founder and chairman of SolarCity; co-founder of Zip2; and founder of X.com, which merged with Confinity and took the name PayPal. As of July 2017, he has an estimated net worth of $16.1 billion, making him the 80th-wealthiest person in the world. In December 2016, Musk was ranked 21st on the Forbes list of The World’s Most Powerful People.

Now there has been new announcement has been coming from SpaceX about the massive Falcon Heavy, will make its launch debut in November, according to the company’s founder and CEO Elon Musk.

SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy is a heavy-lift rocket that will stand 230 feet tall (70 meters) and be capable of lofting payloads of up to 60 tons (54 metric tons) into low-Earth orbit, and up to 24 tons (22 metric tons) into a geostationary transfer orbit. The rocket will be the most powerful U.S.-built rocket since NASA’s Apollo-era Saturn V moon rocket, which took flight in 1973, SpaceX representatives have said. Falcon Heavy boosters will separate in space and should land back at the launch base. SpaceX says Falcon Heavy should one day be able to take humans to Moon & maybe even Mars

The Falcon Heavy is based on SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket and uses two Falcon 9 first stages strapped to a central core (itself a modified Falcon 9 booster). Like the Falcon 9, which can launch into orbit and land its first stage back on Earth for later re-flight, the Falcon Heavy is designed to be reusable.

Earlier this month, Musk dampened expectations for the Falcon Heavy’s first launch. Speaking July 19 at the International Space Station Research and Development conference in Washington, D.C., Musk said there was a “real good chance” the Falcon Heavy wouldn’t make it orbit.

“I hope it makes it far enough away from the pad that it does not cause pad damage. I would consider even that a win, to be honest,” Musk said during the conference.

Earlier this year on March 30, Musk said the first Falcon Heavy will use two previously flown Falcon 9 first stages. SpaceX test fired the first Falcon Heavy core stage in May.

Musk added on July 19 that designing the rocket was much more difficult than he expected, but he is confident that it will eventually prove to be “a great vehicle,” despite any early hurdles with the first test flight. And the first test flight should be something to see, he said.

“I encourage people to come down to the Cape to see the first Falcon Heavy mission,” Musk said, referring to Cape Canaveral. “It’s guaranteed to be exciting.”

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