The long-awaited and much anticipated heavy lift rocket from SpaceX has become most powerful and capable rocket presently in service around the world after its debut launch on its maiden voyage from LC-39A at the Kennedy Space Center on Tuesday, 6 February. The historic launch set sail near the end of its available window at 15:45 pm Eastern.
The highly-SpaceX’s heavy lift rocket, the Falcon Heavy, has become the most powerful and capable rocket currently in service around the world.
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.
The inaugural Falcon Heavy on LC-39A at the Kennedy Space Center. Credit: SpaceX
For context, the Mars Curiosity rover and needed equipment sent to Mars by an Atlas V rocket (in its 541 – four solid rocket motors – configuration) weighed 8,583 lbs (3,893 kg) – compared to FH’s ability to send 37,040 lbs to Mars.
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