SpaceX's Falcon Heavy rocket will be the most powerful in the world

SpaceX's Falcon Heavy rocket will be the most powerful in the world

SpaceX's Falcon Heavy rocket will be the most powerful in the world

The two agencies had initially planned for a November 2016 launch, but unspecified reasons led to several delays. This vehicle will be the most powerful rocket in the world by a factor of two, but SpaceX founder Elon Musk has been clear that the Falcon Heavy could very well explode instead of blast into space.

Once tested and in operation, the Falcon Heavy will be used to launch large satellites as well as for cargo and missions to destinations outside of our solar system. The left and right boosters are standard Falcon 9 rockets, but the center unit has been reinforced where the side boosters attach. Musk recently said that the first passenger to orbit Mars will be his own cherry red Tesla Roadster. The spacecraft carried 10 satellites into low-Earth orbit.

The Falcon Heavy works off existing technology behind the company's successful Falcon 9 rockets, which launches supplies to the International Space Station. In December, Musk announced the rocket would carry his own Tesla Roadster sports auto on a trajectory that would take it past the planet Mars.

While all eyes are on SpaceX's Falcon Heavy rocket, set to claim the title of most powerful rocket platform on the planet with its inaugural launch later this month, Elon Musk's space faring company has another January launch slated... one he'd rather keep your eyes off of.

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While other rocket makers ditch the boosters at sea following orbital missions, SpaceX expects to reuse the booster to save time and money.

Even then, a failure would still be quite a spectacle and is undeniably a real possibility for any new form or iteration of a rocket.

The Falcon 9 rocket carrying Zuma will lift off at the historic Pad 39A which once hosted space shuttle and Apollo moon mission launches. The massive vehicle's first static fire attempt, the final step ahead of launch, is to occur no earlier than January 6th, 2018.

SpaceX is scheduled to launch a Falcon 9 rocket into space on Friday.

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