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SpaceX launches the world’s most powerful operational rocket


With the NASA Space Launch System rocket yet to fly, and SpaceX still preparing for the maiden flight of its next-generation Super Heavy spacecraft, the Falcon Heavy remains the most powerful rocket in use.

It seemed that he had only a few days left until he headed toward the sky on his fourth mission.

SpaceX aims to launch the Falcon Heavy on Monday, October 31, from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The mission will deploy two classified US Space Force satellites.

The Falcon Heavy consists of the Falcon 9 rocket that is the backbone of SpaceX, as the base stage along with two additional Falcon 9 boosters attached to each side of the core, Digitartlends reported.

At takeoff its 27 engines combine to produce more than 5 million pounds of thrust, which SpaceX says equals about 18 Boeing 747s.

The Falcon Heavy made its first flight in 2018, where it deployed an unusual test payload – the Tesla Roadster owned by SpaceX and Tesla boss Elon Musk.

The side boosters have stopped the landing and can therefore be used again, but the main booster is broken when it hits the ground.

The second Falcon Heavy mission took place in April 2019 and deployed a more reasonable payload – the Arabsat-6A communications satellite built by Lockheed Martin.

The most notable moment of the mission was the successful landing of all three boosters, marking the first ever successful triple landing for SpaceX.

The last Falcon Heavy mission was in June 2019 and was SpaceX’s first mission for the US Department of Defense (DoD), carrying a full-scale payload for the Department of Defense and other customers.

Like the previous flight, the two side boosters landed safely, but the main booster did.

On next week’s mission, the two side boosters will land at Landing Zone 1 and 2 at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station.

However no attempt will be made to land the primary support, which will instead descend into the periphery.

With so much power on display, the launch should be an exciting sight for those taking a trip to the Space Coast or watching online.

Once SpaceX confirms the launch date and time, we’ll make sure to keep you updated.

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