Falcon Heavy -- SpaceX's Powerful New Rocket

SpaceX's Falcon Heavy, a 27-engine booster will be ready for launch in one year. The rocket will be company's first entry into "heavy lift" launch, representing a major milestone in the burgeoning commercial space-flight industry.

Elon Musk with Falcon Heavy

SpaceX founder Elon Musk today unveiled the Falcon Heavy, a modified version of the Falcon 9 (pictured) with three times the power.

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SpaceX Falcon Heavy

SpaceX's new Falcon Heavy will compete with the largest commercial launchers available while maintaining cost effectiveness. It consists of a standard Falcon 9 with two additional Falcon 9 first stages acting as liquid strap-on boosters.

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Engine Blast

SpaceX engineers fire off a rocket engine during testing.

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F9 Demo

Engineers prepare the Falcon 9 for a demonstration.

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F9 Launchpad

SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket sits idly on a launch pad in Cape Canaveral, Florida.

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F9 Launch

Falcon 9 blasts off on December 8 during SpaceX's historic test flight. It became the first company in history to re-enter a spacecraft from Earth orbit. This was the second flight of SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket.

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Dragon

Dragon is a free-flying, reusable spacecraft developed to sit on top of the Falcon launch vehicles. On December 8th, SpaceX successfully launched Dragon into orbit before successfully recovering it, a first for private space-flight.

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Falcon Comparison

A side-by-side comparison of SpaceX's Falcons.

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Falcon Heavy -- SpaceX's Powerful New Rocket

SpaceX's Falcon Heavy, a 27-engine booster will be ready for launch in one year. The rocket will be company's first entry into "heavy lift" launch, representing a major milestone in the burgeoning commercial space-flight industry.

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