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SpaceX signs 1st customer for big Falcon Heavy rocket

Wednesday, May 30, 2012
SpaceX released this animation photo of the Falcon Heavy rocket.

SpaceX released this animation photo of the Falcon Heavy rocket. (SpaceX)

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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