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SpaceX Falcon Heavy: See 'World's Most Powerful Rocket' That Will Travel to Mars

Postby MrFredPFL » Thu Jan 04, 2018 11:16 pm

Story : http://www.newsweek.com/spacex-falcon-heavy-mars-770295





Elon Musk’s SpaceX has revealed the long-awaited Falcon Heavy rocket is fit for the launchpad, sharing photos and a video on social media. The rocket—which will be “the most powerful operational rocket in the world”—is set to lift off for the first time later this month.

SpaceX shared the below video of the beastly spacecraft on Twitter and Instagram, commenting: “With more than 5 million pounds of thrust at liftoff—equal to approximately eighteen 747 aircraft at full power—Falcon Heavy will be the most powerful operational rocket in the world by a factor of two.”

The incredible power of the Falcon Heavy comes from 27 first-stage Merlin engines, SpaceX reports. This gives it three times as many engines as the company’s Falcon 9 rocket, a class which delivers Dragon cargo crafts to the International Space Station.

The maiden Falcon Heavy voyage could be particularly risky. Musk commented on the high chance of failure at last year's International Space Station Research and Development conference in Washington, D.C. He said: "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."

If you are tempted to hop on the next flight to the Red Planet, you can charter a Falcon Heavy for a cool $90 million.







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