The next generation of super heavy-lift launch vehicle is the privately developed SpaceX Falcon Heavy. Although NASA's Saturn V moon rocket could lift about two and a half times as much mass, the Falcon Heavy would still be the most powerful U.S. rocket to be launched since the Saturns were retired in 1972. [See it here.]

The next generation of super heavy-lift launch vehicle is the privately developed SpaceX Falcon Heavy. Although NASA's Saturn V moon rocket could lift about two and a half times as much mass, the Falcon Heavy would still be the most powerful U.S. rocket to be launched since the Saturns were retired in 1972. [See it here.]

Falcon Heavy | SpaceX

Falcon Heavy | SpaceX

How it works: SpaceX's Falcon Heavy, the world's most powerful space rocket http://pops.ci/15IzTxJ

How it works: SpaceX's Falcon Heavy, the world's most powerful space rocket http://pops.ci/15IzTxJ

Rockets: SpaceX Falcon Heavy,  F9R+Fairing(5.2m), F9R+Dragon V2, F9R+Dragon, F9R(booster).

Rockets: SpaceX Falcon Heavy, F9R+Fairing(5.2m), F9R+Dragon V2, F9R+Dragon, F9R(booster).

SpaceX's updated Falcon 9 and Falcon Heavy performance and pricing chart. Credit: SpaceX

SpaceX's updated Falcon 9 and Falcon Heavy performance and pricing chart. Credit: SpaceX

The long-delayed first flight of SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy launch vehicle is now scheduled for April or May of 2016, a company official said Sept. 1.

The long-delayed first flight of SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy launch vehicle is now scheduled for April or May of 2016, a company official said Sept. 1.

SpaceX is preparing to launch its second mission from KSC’s Pad 39A, with the expendable Falcon 9 tasked with the EchoStar 23 mission conducting a Static Fire test on Thursday following an issue during Tuesday’s attempt – ultimately slipping the launch date to March 14. Meanwhile, SLC-40 is preparing for a return to operations in August, in turn initiating the second phase of work on 39A for Falcon Heavy.

SpaceX is preparing to launch its second mission from KSC’s Pad 39A, with the expendable Falcon 9 tasked with the EchoStar 23 mission conducting a Static Fire test on Thursday following an issue during Tuesday’s attempt – ultimately slipping the launch date to March 14. Meanwhile, SLC-40 is preparing for a return to operations in August, in turn initiating the second phase of work on 39A for Falcon Heavy.

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