Space-X today unveiled its latest rocket: the Falcon Heavy.
This heavy lift vehicle follows on from their solo-engine ‘Falcon 1’ and the nine-engine ‘Falcon 9’. Falcon Heavy is basically three Falcon 9 rockets strapped together but clearly company owner Elon Musk thought ‘Falcon 27’ didn’t have quite the right ring to it.
With this new design able to could carry 53 tons into low Earth orbit, only the Saturn V rocket that took man to the Moon has ever had more lifting capacity, says Space X. The company also says it has also been designed to NASA’s standards for carrying people, “anticipating potential astronaut transport needs”.
If you want one to send your experiments into space it will set you back somewhere between $80 million and $125 million.