Elon Musk has posted on Twitter pictures of the almost fully assembled booster, the Falcon Heavy, which is at the spaceport Cape Canaveral in Florida (USA). Now we have the first opportunity to look at how will look the final result of years of work of SpaceX.
Recall that the first launch of the rocket, the Falcon Heavy is scheduled for January 2018. The design of the rocket involves the use of two boosters, based on the first stage of the Falcon 9 Block 5. On top of the boosters placed composite protective cone. Each accelerator has 9 liquid-propellant rocket engine Merlin 1D, located on the scheme Octaweb, one Central engine and the other eight arranged in a circle around him.
When you run a total of 27 Merlin 1D engines (center unit and side boosters) create the vehicle 22 819 kN at sea level and 24 681 kN in vacuum. It is planned that the carrier will be able to deliver to 63.8 tons into low reference orbit, to 26.7 tons into a geosynchronous transfer orbit, and 16.8 tons to Mars and 3.5 tonnes on Pluto.
The Falcon Heavy, and Falcon 9 will be equipped with elements of the system reusable for controlled return and soft landing as a Central unit, and boosters. Due to the fact that the first stage of the Falcon Heavy when undocking from the second stage will have much greater speed and be much farther from the launch pad, in comparison with the first stage of Falcon 9, the necessity of its return to the landing area will result in a significant reduction of the weight of the output load. Therefore, in the high-energy runs on a geotransfer orbit, it will undertake a landing on a floating platform. The side boosters, by contrast, will have the opportunity to return to the start place and landing on the ground when the vast majority of the startup scripts.