Elon Musk Building a New Launch Pad for the Biggest Rocket… in the World
3:10 pm, July 14th | by Amy Tennery
The biggest rocket anywhere, really.
Commercial spaceflight company mogul Elon Musk, CEO and “chief rocket designer” for SpaceX, broke ground on a new launch pad yesterday, according to reports this afternoon in PCMag and elsewhere. The launch site, located on the Vandenberg Air Force Base in central California, will serve the (aptly named) Falcon Heavy — which is, you guessed it, the biggest rocket ever designed, in the world. Yikes. Boys with their toys, huh?
Musk looks pleased as punch in this TwitPic Mogulite just came across. Do you think he keeps that thing on his desk.
Anyway, the rocket. So, apparently this thing is able to carry more than 117,000 pounds into space and has 27 different engines. We’re not sure what Musk plans to do with this thing, but PCMag did note that SpaceX has about $2.5 billion in satellite delivery contracts, so we’d imagine it has something to do with that.
SpaceX plans to drop off the Falcon Heavy at Vandenberg late next year, and launch the thing shortly thereafter.