With announcements from Falcon Heavy and Big Falcon Rocket from SpaceX, New Glenn from Blue Origin and NASA's Space Launching System, it can be difficult to distinguish one rocket from the other. What follows is a transcription of the video.
NASA's Saturn V rocket was the pinnacle of technology during the Apollo era. More than 40 years after its final flight, it remains the most powerful rocket in the world. But that is finally about to change.
NASA, SpaceX and Blue Origin are developing their most impressive rockets so far. This is how the rockets of the monsters of the future of the United States arrive at the lunar rocket of the NASA
Saturn V – 363 feet of height
Heavy falcon – 229 feet of height
BFR – 348 feet height
SLS – 365 feet tall
New Glenn Rocket – 326 feet tall
At peak performance, Saturn V could lift 310,000 pounds to orbit. That equals the weight of 33 African elephants respectively (the average African elephant weighs 9500 pounds)
Some of these charges are subject to change, but here is an estimate of how much each space rocket can carry.
Saturn V – 310,000 lbs (33 elephants)
Heavy hawk – 119,000 lbs (12.5 elephants)
SLS – 286,000 lbs (30 elephants)
BFR – 330,000 lbs (34 elephants)
New Glenn Rocket – 99,210 lbs (10 elephants)
Falcon Heavy will be the first rocket from Saturn V capable of sending humans to the Moon, although it will not be so powerful. Glenn's new Blue Origin rocket will compete with SpaceX for commercial satellite launches.
But the real monsters of the group are the Space Launch System of NASA and the Big Falcon Rocket of SpaceX. Both will shut down Saturn V and are designed to finally launch humans to Mars.
Now, let's look at the true test of the power of a rocket: its thrust.
Saturn V: 7.6 million pounds (42 Boeing 747)
Falcon Heavy – 5.1 million pounds (28 Boeing 747)
SLS – 9.2 million pounds (51 Boeings)
BFR – 11.8 million of pounds (66 Boeings)
New Glenn – 3.85 million pounds (21 Boeings)
The Saturn V generated 7.6 million pounds of thrust at takeoff
That's equivalent to the Same propulsion power as 42 Boeing 747s
(referring to Boeing 747-400 model, which has 4 engines producing 44,700 pounds of thrust each )
Before the end of the decade, we can expect to see at least two of these rockets come alive for the first time.
Falcon Heavy from SpaceX is scheduled for its inaugural trip at early 2018. NASA's SLS will likely take flight two years later at June 2020, and we can expect to see the launch of New Glenn in 2020.
The era of the monster rockets is fast approaching. Can you hear the engines, yet?