Elon Musk: Falcon Heavy launch in November
Heavy lift launch vehicle Falcon Heavy develop for a long time. For the first time Elon Musk told about it back in 2005. Then he said that the missile launch will take place in 2013, but due to the complexity of the design and manufacturing problems run continuously transferred. Now, finally, Musk said that all components are fully prepared to launch, and the first demonstration flight scheduled for launch in November 2017.
Despite the fact that the missile is big and heavy, the developers intend to bring it back to Earth, but perhaps not immediately. At a recent conference Musk said that the first flight of the missile can not reach orbit, but then he and the first test flight. The head of SpaceX said that the launch vehicle Falcon Heavy is scheduled to return, too, but perhaps not immediately. Landing are going to use several platforms, each of which come down the steps.
Booster Falcon Heavy will be able to deliver the goods weighing up to 24 tons into low support orbit, about 21 tons to geosynchronous transfer orbit, and even be able to go on an expedition to Mars with 13 tons of payload on board.