SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy Rocket


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    • Recently, SpaceX launched the Falcon Heavy rocket into a geosynchronous Earth orbit from the Launch Complex 39A at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, U.S.
      • The rocket is carrying satellites to space for the U.S. military in a mission named U.S. Space Force (USSF)-44.

    Falcon Heavy rocket


    • It is considered as the most powerful operational rocket in the world.
    • Dimensions
      • The rocket has a height of 70 m, a width of 12.2 m and a mass of 1,420,788 kg.
    • Specifications
      • It has a lifting capacity of around 64 metric tonnes into orbit.
      • It can lift more than twice the payload of the next closest operational vehicle, the Delta IV Heavy.
      • Falcon Heavy has 27 Merlin engines which together generate more than five million pounds of thrust at lift-off, equalling around eighteen 747 aircraft at full power.
        • This makes it the most capable rocket flying.
        • Merlin is a family of rocket engines developed by SpaceX for use on its Falcon 1, Falcon 9 and Falcon Heavy launch vehicles. 
        • Merlin engines use RP-1 and liquid oxygen as rocket propellants in a gas-generator power cycle. These engines were designed for recovery and reuse.

    Source: TH