10 Amazing Facts About SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy Rocket

facts about falcon heavy

SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy rocket took off from Cape Canaveral, Florida yesterday carrying its first payload – a red Tesla roadster – into orbit.The Falcon Heavy now holds the title for the world’s most powerful rocket, and its launch marks the first time a vehicle this massive has ever been sent up by a commercial company. This massive vehicle can create more then 5 millions pounds of thrusts at liftoff and is capable of putting around a 140000 pounds of mass into lower earth orbit. Which is more than twice the weight that any other rocket in the market currently can carry.

10 Amazing Facts About Falcon Heavy

1.Falcon Heavy is most powerful operational rocket in the world

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. Falcon heavy set the world record for being most powerful operational rocket as of now.

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Comparison of Falcon Heavy with other rocket

2. It is twice the powerful payload than next closest rocket

Falcon Heavy can lift more than twice the payload of the next closest operational vehicle, the Delta IV Heavy, at one-third the cost. Falcon Heavy draws upon the proven heritage and reliability of Falcon 9.

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Delta IV, world’s second highest capacity rocket in operation

3. Extremely powerful liftoff engines

Its first stage is composed of three Falcon 9 nine-engine cores whose 27 Merlin engines together generate more than 5 million pounds of thrust at liftoff, equal to approximately eighteen 747 aircraft.

facts about falcon heavy

4. It is not that expensive than what should be

The Falcon Heavy doesn’t really cost that much to launch. Each flight will cost about $90 million which is a small number when we are talking about space. Remember that the Cassini program, the space probe that was studying Saturn, cost about 3.26 billion. The Delta IV heavy costs about $350 million per flight and has a payload of only 63,470 lbs. facts about falcon heavy

5. Rocket with red Tesla Roadster car

Elon Musk’s red Tesla Roadster car was loaded into the payload bay of the rocket, with a mannequin wearing a SpaceX spacesuit strapped inside!

facts about falcon heavy

6. It has taken longer then planned

Concepts for the vehicle were first discussed in 2004, and SpaceX unveiled the plan at a 2011 conference. An initial test flight was set to take place in 2013, but was delayed by 5 years due to structural challenges.

Concepts for the vehicle were first discussed in 2004, and SpaceX unveiled the plan at a 2011 conference. An initial test flight was set to take place in 2013, but was delayed by 5 years due to structural challenges.

7. Mission to mars

The Falcon Heavy was designed from day one with the mission of playing a key role in Musk’s dream of carrying humans to Mars.According to SpaceX website – “The rocket was designed from the outset to carry humans into space and restores the possibility of flying missions with crew to the Moon or Mars”.

facts about falcon heavy

8. Payload of the rocket

Falcon Heavy missions will deliver large payloads to orbit inside a composite fairing, but the rocket can also carry the Dragon spacecraft.The composite payload fairing protects satellites during delivery to destinations in low Earth orbit (LEO), geosynchronous transfer orbit (GTO) and beyond.

facts about falcon heavy

9. It have impressive fuel economy

This rocket is developed considering the fuel economy science. Unlike others records set by the Falcon Heavy, Musk thought of making fuel economy rocket. Not only does it (as mentioned) claim 2× the payload of the next closest operation vehicle, the Delta IV Heavy, but also that it will deliver this at just one-third the cost.

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Image Source: SpaceNews

10. Yes, SpaceX successfully launched it on February 6, 2018 at 3:45pm EST.

Falcon Heavy took off from Kennedy Space Center in Florida, which is the same pad where NASA launches rockets to the moon. SpaceX did it. Musk and the team celebrated the successful launching of the Falcon Heavy.

Watch launch video here. 


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