SpaceX unveils plans for the world's most powerful rocket

SpaceX, the private company behind the Falcon 9 rocket launched successfully just last year, has revealed plans to build a massive follow up called the Falcon Heavy.

The rocket has about double the lifting capacity of the soon to be retired Space Shuttle, and SpaceX sees the Falcon Heavy filling in for NASA on future space missions. The rocket has been designed to meet NASA's requirements, and can be used for trips to asteroids, or even an unmanned mission to Mars. At $80 to $125 Million per launch, Falcon Heavy costs about one third to a quarter the price of a Space Shuttle mission.

SpaceX says they expect Falcon Heavy to roll out late next year, with a projected first launch in early 2013.

SpaceX, via NPR

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