The completing a total of 135 missions used

The human race has indeed come a long way since the invention of combustion engines to inter-planetary and interstellar travels. Space tech, too, finds itself on a new level since the USSR sent the Vostok 3KA rocket with Yuri Gagarin on April 12, 1961. SpaceX’s innovation of reflights of rockets took space tech to another pedestal. NASA’s Space Shuttle, used from 1981 to 2011, completing a total of 135 missions used to be the most powerful rocket with 24,000 kilograms of payload in the Low Earth Orbit (LEO). Yes, used to be.SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy, launched on Month Day, 2018 surpassed Space Shuttle by more than a factor of 2 with 63,800 kilograms of payload in the LEO. The Falcon Heavy is the most capable rocket flying with more than 5 million pounds of thrust at liftoff. That means, if we compare the liftoff thrust with the 747 aircraft at full power, the Falcon is equal to eigtheen of the 747s. If we talk about orbit payload delivery, only Saturn V moon rocket, last flown in 1973, delivered more orbit payload than Falcon Heavy. This heavy lift vehicle by SpaceX is capable of lifting the equivalent of a 737 jetliner flying passengers, luggage and even the fuel.The first stage of the Falcon is made of three cores, with 27 Merlin engines to fire it up. The two boosters, or the side cores are connected at the base and at the top of the center core’s liquid oxygen tank. The central core engines, however, are throttled down shortly after the liftoff. They throttle back up to full thrust as the side cores seperate.The second stage of the Falcon Heavy has one Merlin engine which is identical to its counterpart on Falcon 9, on which the Falcon Heavy draws its design from. It maximizes reliability and helps in minimizing stage seperation events. After the main engines cutoff adn the first stage cores, or the boosters seperate, the second stage delivers the rocket’s payload to orbit after the main engines cut off and the first-stage cores seperate. The payloads can be placed into a variety of orbits including Low Earth Orbit (LEO), Geosynchronous Transfer Orbit (GTO) and the Geosynchronous Orbit (GSO). An interesting fact about payloads is the fact that SpaceX Founder and CEO Elon Musk sent his personal Tesla Roadster as the payload in the maiden flight of the Falcon Heavy. The “Heavy” missions will be delivering large payloads to orbit inside a composite fairing, but the rocket is capable of carrying SpaceX’s own spacecraft Dragon as well.