SpaceX has outlined its plans for the Falcon Heavy, a rocket designed to carry satellites and spacecraft weighing more than 53 metric tons, or 117,000 pounds to orbit.
Falcon Heavy will be able to carry more payload to orbit than any rocket except for the Saturn V rocket, which was used in the Apollo programs. The Falcon Heavy isn't the super heavy lift rocket program being debated by Congress. That rocket program is designed to carry 70 to 130 metric tons to orbit.
For SpaceX, the goal for the Falcon Heavy is obvious---grab more government work. SpaceX is looking to upend the Delta IV Heavy, which is a rocket made by a Boeing-Lockheed Martin joint venture. The Falcon Heavy's first launch will be from Cape Canaveral in late 2013 or 2014.
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