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Falcon Heavy: world’s most powerful rocket to launch in 2013

The new rocket with increased capacity will give a boost American space activities in years to come.

California based spaceship maker SpaceX has announced Tuesday that is making a new rocket which will powerful enough to carry nearly 53,000 kilograms of cargo, about the double the capacity of the present space shuttles. The company has named the rocket, Falcon Heavy.

Only Saturn 5 moon rocket of the NASA, launched in 1973, was more powerful than it.

Falcon Heavy expected by 2013
Elon Musk, founder and CEO of SpaceX, said during a press conference that the Falcon Heavy will be able to carry double the load compared to the current most powerful rocket, Delta 4 heavy.

“This is a rocket of truly huge scale,” he stated.

Musk expects that the new rocket to bring down the cost of cargo launch to $1,000 per pound.

Musk added “Falcon Heavy sets a new world record for the cost per pound to orbit, that’s a pretty huge leap in capability.”

The company informed that the cost for launch aboard Falcon Heavy is expected to be around $100 million as against the $50 million, the cost of Falcon 9 lift off.

The new rocket is expected to be launched around 2013.

Falcon Heavy is 277 feet tall and weighs around 1.4 million kilograms. Initially, it would be launched from the Vandenberg Air Force Base, California but over the years it could also be launched from Air Force Station, Cape Canaveral, Florida.

Big achievement
The new rocket with increased capacity will give a boost American space activities in years to come.

Musk said that the new rocket is designed to meet human rating standards and will be capable of carrying humans too. Perhaps because of the enormous strength, it can be used for missions to the moon or even Mars.

“It can launch people if need be and do so safely. It has so much more capability than any other vehicle I than any other vehicle I think we can start to realistically contemplate missions like a Mars sample return,” he added.

Falcon Heavy is 277 feet tall and weighs around 1.4 million kilograms. Initially, it would be launched from the Vandenberg Air Force Base, California but over the years it could also be launched from Air Force Station, Cape Canaveral, Florida.

The present Falcon 9 has the capacity of carrying 10,450 kilograms to low Earth orbit but the new Falcon Heavy will be able to carry 53 tons, claimed Musk.