SpaceX has surprised the astronomical world with the first test of a Falcon Heavy rocket in Texas earlier this week.
The Falcon Heavy is envisioned to be the world’s most powerful rocket, and is still on course for a 2017 launch.
“With the ability to lift into orbit over 54 metric tons (119,000 lb), Falcon Heavy can lift more than twice the payload of the next closest operational vehicle, the Delta IV Heavy, at one-third the cost,” the company says.
“Falcon Heavy was designed from the outset to carry humans into space and restores the possibility of flying missions with crew to the Moon or Mars.”
SpaceX rockets are, of course, designed to be completely reusable, able to survive re-entry from orbit, requiring minor maintenance before they can be used again.
Falcon Heavy is no different, and has the potential to cut the cost of space-faring drastically.
Watch the test below:
First static fire test of a Falcon Heavy center core completed at our McGregor, TX rocket development facility last week. pic.twitter.com/tHUHc1QiKG— SpaceX (@SpaceX) May 9, 2017