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Monday, February 05, 2018

Everything you need to know about the Falcon Heavy launch. What happens if things go well and what happens if they don't. The time has finally come for SpaceX to launch its Falcon Heavy rocket. A launch license has been issued for the giant vehicle to take flight this Tuesday. It's a mission that many have been waiting for since 2011 when SpaceX CEO Elon Musk first announced plans to develop the vehicle. Now, after seven years and numerous delays, the launch of the rocket is imminent -- and it could be a game-changer for SpaceX. Here are all the details you need to know about this launch and why it's such a big deal for both SpaceX and the industry.

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What is the Falcon Heavy?

The essence of the rocket is right there in its name: it's the heavy-lift version of SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket. The vehicle consists of three Falcon 9 cores strapped together, giving the rocket an awesome amount of power. And since each Falcon 9 has nine main rocket engines, there are 27 total engines that will all be used to send this vehicle to space. No other working rocket has ever used so many.

All of this hardware can supposedly create more than 5 million pounds of thrust at liftoff. That makes the Falcon Heavy capable of putting around 140,000 pounds of cargo into lower Earth orbit, earning the title of the most powerful rocket in the world.

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