The world’s most powerful rocket – the Falcon Heavy – has been successfully launched by SpaceX.

With lift-off, the Falcon Heavy became the most powerful operational rocket in the world by a factor of two. With the ability to lift into orbit nearly 64 metric tons (141,000 lb)—a mass greater than a 737 jetliner loaded with passengers, crew, luggage and fuel.

(launch is at 38 minutes)

 

The payload was a red Tesla Roadster (playing David Bowie’s “Space Oddity”)

 

Starman in Red Roadster

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Standing 229.6 ft (70 m) tall and 39.9 ft (12.2 m) wide and producing 5,548,500 pounds of thrust, max, in vacuum, the Falcon Heavy is capable of placing:

  • 140,660 lbs (63,800 kg) into Low Earth Orbit,
  • 58,860 lbs (26,700 kg) into Geosynchronous Transfer Orbit (GTO), and sending
  • 37,040 lbs (16,800 kg) to Mars.

A single Falcon Heavy launch is expected to cost $90 million, which is about one-third the cost of other providers.

Synchronized landings!

 

Rocket LZ 1 and 2

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Here’s the coolest man on planet Earth!

 

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