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Old 04-06-2011, 11:38 PM
 
Location: Sarasota, Florida
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Space Exploration Technology plans to build the world's most powerful rocket since the Apollo Program. It will be capable of lofting 117,000 pounds of payload to the International Space Station.

In contrast the retiring Space Shuttle can lift a maximum of 54,000 pounds to the ISS and the Ariane 5 a similar payload........so essentially the Falcon Heavy Lift will double mankind's current maximum payload to orbit capacity.

The first launch is anticipated sometime in 2013 and it will be capable of launching either cargo or Astronauts(after some modifications) into orbit .....even Mars. The rocket will be approximately 227 feet tall and cost 100 Million per launch.

Lofting Aspirations: SpaceX Plans to Launch World's Most Powerful Rocket in 2013: Scientific American

Falcon 9 - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Space Exploration Technologies Corporation - Falcon Heavy


YouTube - SpaceX announces the Falcon Heavy rocket [April 5, 2011]


YouTube - SpaceX Plans for Largest Rocket by a Private Enterprise

The Falcon 9 is on the left with the Falcon Heavy on the right>>>>>
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Old 04-07-2011, 12:01 AM
 
Location: Sarasota, Florida
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SpaceX to build heavy-lift, low-cost rocket - Yahoo! News (http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20110405/sc_nm/us_space_business_rocket - broken link)

SpaceX Unveils Plan for World's Most Powerful Private Rocket | Commercial Space & Rocket Launches | Human Spaceflight | Space.com

SpaceX to build heavy-lift, low-cost rocket | Reuters
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Old 04-07-2011, 06:09 AM
 
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Amazing what private enterprise can accomplish.
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Old 04-07-2011, 07:32 AM
 
Location: Las Flores, Orange County, CA
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Amazing what private enterprise can accomplish.

Aren't Boeing and Mcdonald Douglas private enterprise too? They (and others) built the shuttles and Saturn V.
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Old 04-07-2011, 01:02 PM
 
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It won't work...too many engines.
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Old 04-07-2011, 02:46 PM
 
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It won't work...too many engines.

The Falcon 9 has already worked and the Merlin engines are not only PROVEN in actual flight but incorporate propellant cross-feed for reliability. Also the Falcon Heavy can still remain stable and achieve orbit, even IF some engines were to fail.(Engine Out Capability).

How about a friendly.......wager.....simply involving CD Science Bragging Rights and the incorrect poster must eat crow(Stipulation that success within 2 total flights......since some of the system is new and most launch systems do not work the first time)???? .

Comparison of heavy lift launch systems - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Heavy Lift Launch Vehicle - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Comparison of mid-heavy lift launch systems - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Shuttle-Derived Heavy Lift Launch Vehicle - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Shuttle-C - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

The next link is EXCELLENT>>>>>

http://www.nasa.gov/pdf/361842main_1...nt%20Final.pdf


YouTube - NASA Shuttle-derived Sidemount Heavy Launch Vehicle Concept
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Old 04-07-2011, 04:02 PM
 
Location: Huntington Beach, CA
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It won't work...too many engines.
tell that to the russians with their energia and soyuz launch systems
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Old 04-07-2011, 04:29 PM
 
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tell that to the russians with their energia and soyuz launch systems
How about the N-1? The Energia and Soyuz do not count. They had many engines, yes, but their were multiple stages that the engines would be used.

NVM I looked at the Falcon it should be fine.
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Old 04-07-2011, 06:44 PM
 
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Musk: Falcon Heavy Ready to Launch by Early 2013 | Parabolic Arc

SpaceX Reveals The Falcon Heavy, The Most Powerful Rocket Since The Mighty Saturn V

SpaceX Announces the Falcon Heavy rocket – biggest rocket since the Saturn V – The Blogs at HowStuffWorks

http://www.spacex.com/downloads/spacex-brochure.pdf

SpaceX: Falcon Heavy, Falcon 9 tag team set to share 20 launches a year | NASASpaceFlight.com

SpaceX aims Falcon Heavy at EELV and U.S. Government Business

In some configurations the Falcon Heavy is a two-stage launch vehicle.
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Old 04-08-2011, 11:38 AM
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A lot of interesting links. Thanks!
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