SpaceX signs 1st customer for big Falcon Heavy rocket
HAWTHORNE, Calif. (KABC) -- Space Exploration Technologies, a Hawthorne-based company known as SpaceX, has announced a contract to shoot an Intelsat satellite into orbit with a Falcon Heavy rocket.
It will be the first commercial launch with the Falcon Heavy. The rocket has more than twice the power of the Space Shuttle rocket. Only The Apollo-era Saturn V moon rocket produced more lift.
Last week, SpaceX used a Falcon 9 rocket to send its Dragon spacecraft to the International Space Station.
SpaceX launched the cargo-carrying capsule atop its Falcon 9 rocket as a test run for NASA. The capsule successfully docked with the space station.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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