SpaceX CEO Elon Musk teased the debut launch of the company’s Falcon Heavy rocket in an Instagram post.
The posted video is a shorter version of one SpaceX published a while ago, outlining how the Falcon Heavy would look and react when firing its engines.
“[Falcon Heavy] is twice the thrust of the next largest rocket currently flying and ~2/3 thrust of the Saturn V moon rocket,” Musk wrote in the post.
The video starts with the Falcon Heavy, which has three boosters, leaving the launchpad prior to the separation process. It ends with two of the boosters coming back to Earth, with the third landing later.
By comparison, the Space Shuttle had two Solid Rocket Boosters, carrying “more than one million pounds of solid propellant,” according to NASA.
The ultimate purpose of the Falcon Heavy is “to carry humans into space and restores the possibility of flying missions with crew to the Moon or Mars,” according to SpaceX’s website.
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SOURCE: Fox News, Chris Ciaccia