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They delivered the last booster this week..
.. target launch (launch!..not lunch! … lol) this year?

This would make an awesome Prowler event.. imho.
...used to love watching those BIG rockets go up..
... more info as available..
Edit Update.. :-(
.. this is going to be in Calif, not Florida.
thank you BackLash for catching that!!

:-(



Dennis
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INC.COM
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Elon Musk is About to Launch the Heaviest Rocket in Existence

by Jim Edwards

Later this year, Elon Musk's private rocket company, SpaceX, will launch a test flight of what it claims is the most massive rocket in existence: the Falcon Heavy. It looks a little like SpaceX's standard rocket, the Falcon 9, with two other Falcons strapped to its sides.
Put another way, this one ship is the equivalent of 15 Boeing 747s tied together and running at full power.
Only one other rocket has been heavier than the Falcon Heavy will be, SpaceX claims. That was NASA's Saturn V ship, which carried the Apollo and Skylab missions into space from 1966 until 1973.
Falcon Heavy, however, is equipped to go to Mars, SpaceX says:

It has a "Low Earth Orbit" payload of 53,000 kg (116,845 pounds), and could carry 13,200 kg to Mars on its 27 Merlin engines. "Falcon Heavy can lift the equivalent of a fully loaded 737 jetliner--complete with passengers, luggage and fuel--to orbit," SpaceX says. (Here's a theoretical video of the rocket in action.)
Here's what it looks like next to the world's other biggest rockets. It's both heavier and bigger than all of them:

Saturn V, not shown here, could lift 118,000 kg (260,000 pounds) into low-Earth orbit.
Before the Falcon Heavy lifts off from Vandenberg Air Force Base, however, there will be a curtain-raiser. The regular Falcon 9 will lift off to the International Space Station on March 16.
Here's a Falcon 9. You can see how big it is next to those puny humans:

This is what Falcon Heavy will look like after launch:

And here is the Saturn V before liftoff, more than 40 years ago, on the Apollo 17 mission to the moon:

 

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Is this scheduled to lift off from the Cape or Vandenberg like the last one? I'm in either way! :lol:
 

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Oh yes.... Kick the tires and light the fires, I'm in. :thumbup:
 

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Is this scheduled to lift off from the Cape or Vandenberg like the last one? I'm in either way! :lol:
..i think Vandenberg...:-(
Jamie,
Great catch!!
.. that's gonna be a long ride.

I get so excited about rocket stuff, I missed the important details.:oops:

Thank you for pointing that out!

Dennis
 

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Used to be stationed at Vandenburg. My dad used to assemble the re-entry vehicles on the Minuteman missiles, and helped design a couple of the models. Loved watching the launches. Saw some spectacular out-of-control ones that had to be safety detonated also. And also got to watch several of the Apollo launches at the Cape.

For those of you who will be out there watching this launch, my heart is with you along with my jealousy.
 

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I was all set to pack a small lunch for the CAPE until I read the fine print for California,,,, also no date yet JUST late 2014
 

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AW MAN!!!! You had me going there for a minute. I was SO hoping this was going to be a KSC event.
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well...road trip?
... I don't think I'd slow you down..
:) :) :) :) :)
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well...road trip?
... I don't think I'd slow you down..
:) :) :) :) :)
Dennis
Oh hell no. You're a GREAT riding partner. I had one of the best times I've ever had riding with you out to RG! Sadly, work would prevent me from taking that much time off, especially since the damn thing would probably be delayed.
 

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Oh hell no. You're a GREAT riding partner. I had one of the best times I've ever had riding with you out to RG! Sadly, work would prevent me from taking that much time off, especially since the damn thing would probably be delayed.
yes, that was a GREAT trip..
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I'll be in touch if that lotto ticket comes through..:)

Dennis
 
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