Published: Sun, December 03, 2017
Research | By Derrick Holloway

Elon Musk said when they will launch super-heavy rockets

Elon Musk said when they will launch super-heavy rockets

The business magnate has also divulged that Falcon 9's more powerful sibling will carry his personal midnight cherry Tesla Roadster to space.

As stated in the above tweets, it seems that the Falcon Heavy is to be launched with the intention of reaching Mars orbit - provided there are no hiccups with the launch. While playing David Bowie's Space Oddity, of course. He also stressed that the rocket launch will be possible only with the coordinated work of all 27 engines.

"Falcon Heavy to launch next month from Apollo 11 pad at the Cape [Cape Canaveral, Florida]".

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Musk's announcement of the planned launch of the giant rocket comes just over two months after he outlined his vision for eventually putting humans on Mars and colonizing the planet.

It will also be twice as powerful as the next largest rocket now in use in this country. While it does not have the thrust of the Saturn V moon rockets, it is smaller, lighter, and it is reusable.

Musk has spoken openly about the non-zero chance that the Falcon Heavy will explode during its first flight, and because of that he once said he wanted stick the "silliest thing we can imagine" on top of the rocket.

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Falcon Heavy is, in overly simple terms, three of the company's Falcon 9 rockets strapped together. On the last day of November, SpaceX announced that it had to push the launch back yet again to next year.

In the meantime, the Falcon Heavy is meant to boost the amount of cargo SpaceX can take into space for its customers.

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