May 02, 2016

Spacex Falcon 9 launch payload increased by 73% to 22,800 kilograms

Spacex updated its website information on the payload that can be launched by the Falcon 9 and the Falcon Heavy.

The Falcon 9 rocket is now rated for 22,800 kg (50,265 lb) into low earth orbit versus old data at 13,150 kg (28,990 lb). The Falcon Heavy has also been given an increased payload for missions to low-earth orbit, jumping by 1,300 kg (3,085 lb) to 54,400 kg (119,930 lb).


The Falcon Heavy shows an increased payload for missions to low-earth orbit. Payload rating is increased by 1,300 kg (3,085 lb) to 54,400 kg (119,930 lb).



The increased payload capacities came about because the Merlin engines are proving tougher than first expected in testing, allowing the team to increase launch thrust








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