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Falcon Heavy  
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 6 February 2018
Total Production: ?
Unitary Cost: USD$90 million
Also Known As: Falcon 9 Heavy
Origin: United States of America
Corporations: SpaceX
Parent System: Falcon
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 28 September 2008
Maiden Flight: 2005
Total Production: ?
Family Members: Falcon 1, Falcon 9 and Falcon 9 Block 5
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Description: The Falcon space launch system family has been designed by SpaceX to provide breakthrough advances in reliability, cost, flight environment and time to launch. This privately-developed liquid fuel rocket family includes Falcon 1, Falcon 9 and Falcon 9 Heavy rocket designed to place a wide range of payloads into orbit for both civil and military customers. The Falcon 1 Flight 4 rocket was the first rocket of this family to orbit the Earth on September 28, 2008, after lifting off from the launch site on Omelek Island at the US Army Kwajalein Atoll (USAKA) in the Central Pacific.

In June 2005, the Falcon 1 launch system was undergoing tests including countdown sequence and engine ignition prior to the first launch of a series of three launches. The tests launches occurred at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California on behalf of the Space and Missile Systems Center nearby Los Angeles Air Force Base, California. The first test flight was expected before the end of 2005.

The Falcon 9 Heavy, now Falcon Heavy, is a heavy lift launch vehicle intended as the replacement for the United States Air Force Titan IVB rocket. Basically the Falcon Heavy is a Falcon 9 with two additional first stages of the same rocket acting as liquid strap-on boosters to liftoff heavier payloads. In total the first stage is powered by 27 Merlin 1D engines generating more than 5 million pounds of thrust. The configuration was capable of lifting payloads of 32,000 kg into Low Earth Orbits (LEO) or 19,500 kg into Geosynchronous Transfer Orbits (GTO) powered by Merlin 1C rocket engines. Utilizing the more powerful Merlin 1D engines the launch system is capable of transporting payloads of 64 tons into LEO or 27 tons into GTO. Besides, the Falcon Heavy can send a payload of 16,800 kg to Mars or a 3,500 kg to Pluto. The first successful launch of a Falcon Heavy was carried out on February 6, 2018 becoming thereafter the most powerful operational rocket worldwide. The rocket will carry both cargo and the Dragon spacecraft into orbit.

Falcon Heavy Specifications

Number of Stages: 2
Height: 70 meter (2,756 inch)
Rocket Base Diameter: 12.2 meter (480 inch)
Rocket Diameter: 3.60 meter
Max Lift-off Thrust: 5,130,000 pound (2,327 ton)
Max Lift-off Weight: 1,420,788 kilogram (3,132,249 pound)
Payload to GTO: 26,700 kilogram (58,862 pound)
Payload to LEO: 63,800 kilogram (140,653 pound)
CEP: Circular Error Probable
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