With the Falcon Heavy rocket, SpaceX will change their business completely, gaining the ability to not only go further into space but also launch heavier satellites and crafts into orbit.
But before it’s first scheduled launch in the next few months, SpaceX needs to complete a few test, the latest of which was a static fire test, which they completed earlier this week.
To show you they released the following video on Twitter, it only lasts 18-seconds, but it does provide a good look at the Falcon Heavy Core’s power.
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
Once it is ready, the Falcon Heavy will be able to launch satellites and crafts that weigh up to 60 tons into low-Earth orbit, or ones that weigh up to 24 tons into a geostationary transfer orbit.
That will make the 230-foot tall rocket the most powerful booster since the Saturn V, which is all thanks to the nine Merlin engines on the two first stages, and the centre core that they tested today, which is basically a modified Falcon 9 first stage.
SpaceX also reused much of the design of the Falcon 9 second stage for the Heavy’s own second stage, which is powered by a single Merlin engine.
Of course, the Falcon Heavy will be reusable. All three of the first stages will land after each mission and will then be prepared for a re-flight.