Wednesday, July 13, 2011
Private spaceship maker SpaceX announced plans recently for a new heavy-lift rocket, a vehicle that would be the most powerful commercial rocket ever built and haul much heavier loads than the company's previous boosters.
The new unmanned rocket, called a Falcon Heavy, will be able to loft about three times the amount of mass carried by SpaceX's current Falcon 9 boosters on missions to low-Earth orbit. [Photos: SpaceX's Falcon 9 Rocket]
"This is a rocket of truly huge scale," SpaceX founder and CEO Elon Musk said during a press conference.