For those who don't follow the aerospace industry, SpaceX announced today the Falcon 9 Heavy along with a laundry list of impressive stats including, but not limited to:
- 17 MN of thrust at liftoff (that's 3.8 million pounds)
- 53,000 kg payload (that's 117,000 lbs or 53 tons and double that of the Space Shuttle and the Delta IV Heavy)
- High reliability from their first-of-its-kind propellant cross-feed that leaves the center core "full" even after side booster separation
- A cost of 1/3 that of the Delta IV Heavy
I confess, astronautics is not my primary interest. I'm much more interested in aeronautics, particularly in autonomous aeronautics. Even so, if this video doesn't pique your interest, you need to reevaluate your geekiness!!