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SpaceX Falcon Heavy Rocket Video Shows Off The World's Most Powerful Rocket

29/01/2015 11:14 GMT | Updated 29/01/2015 11:59 GMT

Later this year the private space company SpaceX will launch the Falcon Heavy, a rocket twice as powerful as any other operational craft in the world.

It’s so large that the thrust of the rocket at takeoff is equal to 18 Boeing 747s taking off at once.

Now Elon Musk’s company has unveiled a full vision of how the rocket will work - and it’s pretty spectacular.

The rocket will launch using three nine-engine boosters, and in total will stand 224.4 feet tall. After the boosters separate from the rocket, they will attempt to land back on a launch pad at Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

However that last bit may prove to be a little tricky - SpaceX’s recent attempt to land a Falcon 9 rocket on an ocean platform failed after it ran out of stabilisation fuel on its way back to Earth.