posted on Jul, 14 2013 @ 01:32 PM
Originally posted by boomer135
Kind of strange to develop this technology when the current view is smaller satellites launch via SSTO or some airborne asset to get it into orbit.
Why even do this? Great find though! Hell of a video!
SpaceX is actually a company NASA uses on occasion to shuttle supplies to the ISS,it's kind of in their interest to have a reusable system in place
On 25 May 2012, SpaceX made history as the world's first privately held company to send a cargo payload, carried on the Dragon spacecraft, to the
International Space Station.
Falcon Heavy (FH), previously known as the Falcon 9 Heavy, is a spaceflight launch system being designed and manufactured by SpaceX. Both stages of
the two-stage-to-orbit vehicle use liquid oxygen (LOX) and rocket-grade kerosene (RP-1) propellants, on a SpaceX-designed rocket engine, the Merlin
1D. Multiple variants are planned with payloads of 53,000 kilograms (120,000 lb) to low Earth orbit (LEO),and 12,000 kilograms (26,000 lb) to
geostationary transfer orbit (GTO). The payload to LEO falls into the category that a classification system used by a NASA review panel for plans for
human spaceflight calls the super heavy lift range of launch systems
If I'm not mistaken that's half the LEO of the Saturn IV,I can't find the TLI for the Falcon but I do know there is a proposal for a Lunar mission
using this rocket.
Oh and the reason they are doing this,they will be using these rockets to establish a Human presence on Mars,at least that's the endgame.
on 14-7-2013 by canDarian because: (no reason given)