SpaceX scheduled to launch its most powerful rocket yet this Saturday

SpaceX scheduled to launch its most powerful rocket yet this Saturday

The launch of SpaceX’s most powerful rocket yet is going to take place on this Saturday between 8 pm and 9 pm ET. In June, during SpaceX's last launch, a faulty rig, known as a strut, got destroyed in mid-launch, as a result of which one of the fuel tanks burst down, and set off a chain reaction that led to the breakdown of the rocket and its unmanned Dragon spacecraft.

SpaceX has brought some major and exciting upgrades to its rockets since then. The aerospace company, which is founded and run by billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk, is going to fly its upgraded Falcon 9 first time ever on this weekend.

The upgrades have obviously received Musk's esteemed seal of approval. According to SpaceNews, during a December 15 talk at the American Geophysical Union's Fall Meeting, Musk said that he thinks it's a significantly upgraded rocket from the previous one.

The latest-and-modified Falcon 9 is now 229.6 feet in height and can generate up to 1.7 million pounds of thrust, which is a measurement unit for rocket power.

The trust is nearly 200,000 pounds more thrust as compared to previous SpaceX rockets - or slightly more power as compared to what is produced by one of SpaceX's Merlin rocket engines.

The Falcon 9 booster works on 9 such Merlin engines, thus the case is the company has got an additional engine's worth of power out of the latest modification.



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