Elon Musk has showcased images of an almost fully-assembled Falcon Heavy rocket from his company, SpaceX, on Twitter. The update comes not long after Amazon founder Jeff Bezos’ rival aerospace manufacturer, Blue Origin, successfully launched a rocket into space.
Although not quite finished, the Falcon Heavy rocket consists of three Falcon 9 cores strapped together, with the outer cores derived from previously flown Falcon 9 boosters. With a slated launch date for January 2018, Musk intends for the boosters to return to earth post-launch, where he then plans to reuse their cores for other missions. The completed Falcon Heavy will be one of the most powerful rockets ever assembled, and was initially expected to make its debut back in 2013.
However, it’s not all been good news for Musk after the entrepreneur accidentally tweeted his private phone number to his 16.7 million followers on Tuesday. “Do you have a sec to talk? My cell is …” Musk wrote in a message that was intended for John Carmack, head of technology at virtual reality firm Oculus.
Stay posted for future updates on the launch, and have a look at Musk’s plans for an interplanetary rocket system in the meantime.