The Most Powerful Space Rocket

The SpaceX Falcon Heavy will be the world’s most powerful rocket when it launches later this year. It can generate 3.8 million pounds of thrust, to carry a payload of up to 117,000 pounds toward low-Earth orbit.   Image © Nick Kaloterakis

The rocket’s success is critical for both SpaceX and the U.S. space program. Read all the details in the amazing article of Popsci.



Above image:

1) ENGINE CLUSTER, 2) FIRST STAGE: THREE ROCKET CORES, 3) CENTER CORE, 4) FUEL TANKS, 5) SECOND STAGE, 6) FAIRING, 7) MERLIN 1D ENGINE

The Most Powerful Space Rocket

The fairing is shown here open with the payload exposed, but on a mission it would remain closed until the first stage has separated and the second stage has nearly reached orbit.



Total Thrust: 3.8 million pounds
Maximum Payload: 117,000 pounds
Number of Engines: 28
Size of the Fairing: 45 feet by 17 feet in diameter

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