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Tuesday, April 05, 2011

Space X: The Next Generation


The privately owned commercial rocket company SpaceX has just revealed the design for their next generation rocket: the Falcon Heavy. It will be able to lift a whopping 53 tons to low-Earth (200 km, 120 mile) orbit — for comparison, Hubble Space Telescope has a mass of 11 tons — or lighter payloads to higher orbit or escape velocity.

Space X has a good record so far—successful launches of Falcon 1 and 9 rockets.  Falcon Heavy uses proven technology and, if Space X is right, will put payloads into orbit for a tenth of the per-pound cost the shuttle.  Think about that.  If it works, one of the bigger cost of the space program—putting things in orbit—will drop massively.  It would drop the cost of the Death Star to more manageable $1 septillion.  (Actually a lot more than that, since they massively overestimated the cost of getting things into orbit).

It will be some time before Falcon Heavy is even in the testing stage.  But I’m excited.

Update: Incidentally, my link to the Death Star costs included a hilarious clip of my favorite comedian, Eddie Izzard, talking about the Death Star canteen.

Posted by Hal_10000 on 04/05/11 at 09:10 PM in Science and Technology  • (0) TrackbacksPermalink
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