Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Special: SpaceX's Falcon Heavy Launch - A Brief Overview

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Credit: SpaceX

   SpaceX has recently launched their Falcon Heavy rocket, a landmark moment in aerospace history. This is the second most powerful rocket to date, (with ability to lift 141,000lbs into orbit trailing) only NASA’s Saturn V rocket.
   The impressive feat of this rocket is its affordability. According to SpaceX, each launch will cost $640 per pound and just $90 million in total, a number that is incomparable to the United Launch Alliance's Delta IV Heavy, which can lift 62,540lbs at rates between $300 million and $500 million according to Space.com. Per pound, it costs $4,797 at its absolute cheapest, more than seven times as expensive as the Heavy.


Credit: SpaceX
Credit: SpaceX
Credit: SpaceX
Credit: SpaceX
   The Falcon Heavy will also continue to pull off the ability of the Falcon 9, SpaceX’s earlier rocket, to land upright and be reusable on Earth after multiple launches— a feat that once again displays SpaceX’s stunning innovation and cost-efficiency.

For a more in-depth analysis of SpaceX’s recent Falcon Heav launch, be sure to visit: https://www.space.com/39603-spacex-falcon-heavy-rocket-by-the-numbers.html


Credit: SpaceX
Credit: SpaceX

Article written by: Tyler Correia
Article edited by: Ashley Goveas

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