SpaceX set to launch world's most powerful rocket by January end
New Delhi : Aerospace company SpaceX is all set to launch world's most powerful rocket - Falcon Heavy - by the end of January this year. The news has been announced by founder Elon Musk.
According to Musk, the Falcon Heavy is the “most powerful rocket in the world by a factor of two”, and with 2,500 tons of thrust, is the equivalent of “18 Boeing 747 aircraft at full throttle”.
The Falcon heavy, capable of carrying a payload of more than 54 tons, will set off from the Kennedy Space Centre in Florida. The rocket has already reached to the launch site.
With Falcon heavy, SpaceX will also attempt to simultaneously land and recover all three of its first-stage rocket cores.
The company will be attempting a test launch next week with Musk— also the CEO of Tesla Inc — stating that the payload will comprise the all-electric sports car Tesla Roadster playing rocker David Bowie’s Space Oddity.
“Excitement on launch day guaranteed, one way or another,” Musk posted on Instagram.
SpaceX is scheduled to launch a top secret US government spacecraft, known as Zuma, on Sunday.