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03 December 2017, 05:41 | Justin Tyler
Elon Musk in a midnight cherry Tesla Roadster. Rebecca Cook Reuters
The rocket's triumvirate of boosters give Falcon Heavy substantially more thrust than Falcon 9 though, allowing the larger rocket to carry more than 140,000lb into lower Earth orbit and 37,000lb to Mars.
SpaceX CEO Elon Musk has announced that the first flight of his company's Falcon Heavy rocket will carry a Tesla Roadster - touted as the quickest vehicle in the world with record-setting acceleration, range and performance - into Martian orbit. While playing David Bowie's Space Oddity, of course.
Falcon Heavy is the follow-up to SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket.
The owner of SpaceX, Elon Musk has tweeted that he intends to launch his "Falcon Heavy" rocket from the Apollo 11 launch pad at Cape Canaveral sometime next month. Saudi Arabia also announced a $1bn investment in Richard Branson's Virgin Galactic, The Spaceship Company and Virgin Orbit with the aim of creating a space-centric entertainment industry. It's a more powerful rocket that the company hopes to use for missions to the Moon and Mars. Musk said at a press conference earlier this year that Heavy might not even make it to orbit the first time it leaves the atmosphere.
"She will remain in space for billions of years, if not explode at the start", said Musk.
Company reps previously spoke of how hard it is to build such a large rocket powered by three Falcon 9 cores.
Falcon Heavy is a beefed up version of the company's Falcon 9 rocket which, along with its Dragon craft capsule, has been used multiple times to bring supplies to astronauts on board the International Space Station, before safely returning to Earth.
In the meantime, the Falcon Heavy is meant to boost the amount of cargo SpaceX can take into space for its customers.