SpaceX releases video of world's most powerful rocket ready for liftoff

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SpaceX releases video of world's most powerful rocket ready for liftoff

The mission was first added to SpaceX's manifest in October, with an initial launch slated for mid-November.

The Falcon Heavy has "the ability to lift into orbit over 54 metric tons - a mass equivalent to a 737-jetliner loaded with passengers, crew, luggage, and fuel - Falcon Heavy can lift more than twice the payload of the next closest operational vehicle", the company says on its website.

The Falcon 9 rocket's first stage will return to landing at Landing Zone-1 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.

The rocket can ship a massive payload into space.

The United States has once again risen to become the country with the greatest number of space launches in 2017, buoyed by the strength of private launch companies.

Elon Musk, the CEO of SpaceX and Tesla, took to social media Thursday to share posts of the company's rocket going vertical and an update on when it's expected to be launched from Kennedy Space Center in Florida. He's said the auto will be in a "billion-year elliptic Mars orbit", but that probably does not mean it will actually orbit Mars. That behemoth craft could carry a payload of 310,000 pounds to low-Earth orbit, while the Falcon Heavy can carry 140,660 pounds. Yes, SpaceX really is using a vehicle as dead weight for this launch. The core stage will finally separate from the second stage and Roadster payload and power back down to Earth to attempt a recovery aboard the drone ship Of Course I Still Love You.

Even then, a failure would still be quite a spectacle and is undeniably a real possibility for any new form or iteration of a rocket.

In the demonstration launch - which is scheduled to take place some time in January, but with no date yet confirmed - the rocket will launch from pad 39A at Cape Canaveral, the same launch pad where astronauts set off for the moon during the 1960s Apollo missions. The SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket is preparing to fly for the first time later in January.

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