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SpaceX: Falcon Heavy to be World’s Largest Rocket, Dramatically Cut Launch Costs

5 Apr 2011, 16:15 UTC
SpaceX: Falcon Heavy to be World’s Largest Rocket, Dramatically Cut Launch Costs
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SPACEX PR — Today, Elon Musk, CEO and chief rocket designer of Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) unveiled the dramatic final specifications and launch date for the Falcon Heavy, the world’s largest rocket.“Falcon Heavy will carry more payload to orbit or escape velocity than any vehicle in history, apart from the Saturn V moon rocket, which was decommissioned after the Apollo program. This opens a new world of capability for both government and commercial space missions,” Musk told a press conference at the National Press Club in Washington, DC.“Falcon Heavy will arrive at our Vandenberg, California, launch complex by the end of next year, with liftoff to follow soon thereafter. First launch from our Cape Canaveral launch complex is planned for late 2013 or 2014.”Musk added that with the ability to carry satellites or interplanetary spacecraft weighing over 53 metric tons or 117,000 pounds to orbit, Falcon Heavy will have more than twice the performance of the Space Shuttle or Delta IV Heavy, the next most powerful vehicle, which is operated by United Launch Alliance, a Boeing-Lockheed Martin joint venture.(...)Read the rest of SpaceX: Falcon Heavy to be World’s Largest Rocket, Dramatically Cut Launch Costs (616 words)© Douglas for Parabolic Arc, ...

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