Falcon Heavy

The Falcon Heavy is a reusable launch vehicle created and manufactured by Space X. The reusable launch vehicles first take off occurred on February 6, 2018 the rocket was carrying a Tesla Roadster as the payload. The rocket is operated and launched out of Kennedy Space Station Launch Complex 39 in Florida. On top of that, the Falcon Heavy has four different payload capacities depending on how far it plans to go. For one, the rocket can hold a capacity of 63,800 kilograms (140,700 pounds) to low earth orbit. Secondly, it can hold a capacity of 26,700 kilograms (58,900 pounds) to geosynchronous transfer orbit. Lastly, the reusable launch vehicle can either hold 16,800 kilograms (37,000 pounds) or 3,500 kilograms (7,700 pounds) to either Mars or Pluto, respectively. Moreover, the rocket stands 70 meters tall (230 feet) and has a width of 12.2 meters (40 feet). Additionally, the Falcon Heavy has a diameter of about 3.66 meters (12 feet). The Falcon Heavy has only launched once (successfully). Furthermore, the Falcon Heavy has two stages. The first stage is powered by 3 Falcon 9 engines which gives a total of 27 Merlin engines that produces  22,189kN of thrust (5.13 million pounds of thrust). The fuel the engines use is called sub cooled liquid Oxygen and Refined Petroleum-1. Even more, the Falcon Heavy has a payload fairing that is 13.2 meters tall (43 feet) and has a width of 5.2 meters (17 feet). Worth noting the Falcon Heavy can also use the dragon spacecraft instead of the payload fairing. Lastly, the cost per launch runs between $90 million dollars if it is the reusable launch vehicle and $150 million dollars if it is going to be an expendable launch vehicle.


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  1. The Falcon heavy has recently launched and received tons of publicity mainly because of the Tesla Roadster that was placed on top of the vehicle. I think the biggest highlight is when they land both side boosters back on the landing pads. I’ll never forget seeing both boosters perform their landing burns and landing at the same time.

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