Since 2002 when it was founded, SpaceX company designs, manufactures and launches advanced rockets and spacecraft. With the mission to revolutionise space technology and enable people to live on other planets, next November, SpaceX will test, for the first time, the most powerful operational rocket in the world, designed to eventually reach planet Mars: Falcon Heavy.
This rocket can lift into orbit over 54 metric tons (119,000 lb). To give you an idea, Falcon Heavy could lift a mass equivalent to a 737 jetliner full of passengers, crew, luggage and fuel.
Falcon Heavy will be the most capable rocket flying and the test will take place in few months from now: next November, according to a quick post the founder Elon Musk posted on his Istagram profile.
Falcon Heavy rocket is so advanced that it can lift more than twice the payload of the next closest operational vehicle, the Delta IV Heavy, at one-third of the cost. Falcon Heavy is so powerful that it’s composed of three Falcon 9 nine-engine cores, whose 27 Merlin engines together generate more than 5 million pounds of thrust at lift-off, equal to approximately eighteen 747 aircraft.
Falcon Heavy is currently second only to the Saturn V moon rocket, that in 1973 delivered more payload to orbit.
Once the test is completed, Elon Musk aims to design the first and ultimate way to bring people into space and let us visit the moon (again) or planet Mars, although the date is still unknown and he also declared, during the Space Station Research and Development Conference, that the test could not succeed due to the vibrations generated by the 27 engines.
Will Elon Musk and SpaceX bring us all into space and let us become the first real-life “Star Trek” generation?