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SpaceX releases video of world's most powerful rocket ready for liftoff

05 January 2018
SpaceX releases video of world's most powerful rocket ready for liftoff

SpaceX shared the below video of the beastly spacecraft on Twitter and Instagram, commenting: "With more than 5 million pounds of thrust at liftoff-equal to approximately eighteen 747 aircraft at full power-Falcon Heavy will be the most powerful operational rocket in the world by a factor of two". The launch will take place from launch pad 40 at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida.

In fact, the Falcon Heavy is basically three Falcon 9 rockets bound together.

Before a May 1 launch of a National Reconnaissance Office satellite, government satellites were nearly exclusively sent into space aboard rockets built by United Launch Alliance, a Boeing-

The United States has once again risen to become the country with the greatest number of space launches in 2017, buoyed by the strength of private launch companies.

Meanwhile at Kennedy Space Center, SpaceX is moving along with preparations for the maiden flight of the Falcon Heavy rocket. Meanwhile, the center stage will throttle up and continue on as if it were a Falcon 9.

The incredibly secretive launch will kick off SpaceX's year that, according to plans, should also include the test launch of its Falcon Heavy rocket.

"The NRO made up its mind that SpaceX was OK to launch payloads", he said. But don't get too excited just yet: SpaceX has a history of delays.

Pad 39A hosted a series of historic Apollo launches, including Apollo 11, the first manned moon mission, in 1969.

Since this is the first ever launch SpaceX has attempted using its Falcon Heavy, however, there's a significant chance that not everything will go to plan.