So I’ve been a big fan of SpaceX for a while, and even considered trying to get a job there at one point. I’m on their mailing list, and they just released a huge project update with lots of fantastic photos.
Check out the SpaceX Updates page for more details.
But get a load of the new rocket they’re building:
It is important to appreciate that the Falcon 9 is a *big* vehicle. To give you a sense of scale, it stands about 18 stories (54 meters) tall on the launch pad and has a cargo area in the nose that is 17 feet in diameter and 50 feet long – big enough to carry a bus to orbit. Falcon 9 has a maximum thrust of just over one million pounds, which is four times the maximum thrust of a Boeing 747. The Falcon 9 Heavy, which I expect will fly about two years after the standard Falcon 9, will have over three million pounds of thrust, which is almost halfway to a Saturn V.