Seen here in an artist's rendition of what it might look like taking off while a golfer simultaneously shoots their way out of a sand trap, the Falcon Heavy (please note: it's never a good idea to include 'heavy', 'cumbersome', 'lumbering', or 'might explode' in the name of a rocket) has been declared ready for construction by commercial spaceflight company, SpaceX. *scheming to catch a ride like a boxcar hobo*
The Hawthorne, Calif.-based company hopes the Falcon rockets will be used to ferry astronauts to the International Space Station, and possibly beyond, after the space agency's space shuttles retire this year. SpaceX already has a $1.6 million [GW's note: billion, not million] contract to haul cargo to the space station aboard the Falcon 9.
In addition to NASA missions, the Falcon Heavy could prove useful for other commercial space ventures. For example, the Las Vegas-based Bigelow Aerospace is designing a commercial space station, and eyeing establishing a private moon base.
Such a destination would require a vehicle to help build it, as well as a rocket to ferry space tourists and other clients to and from the base.
Whoa whoa whoa -- a private moonbase?! I don't know who the hell owns 'Las Vegas-based Bigelow Aerospace', but you better 100% believe they're an aspiring supervillain. Private moonbase -- what is this, a James Bond movie? And, if so, where's Uranus Galore? I'M INTO BUTTS.
Thanks to Mr. Fancy, who, while perfectly capable of piloting a rocket, prefers to be chauffeured. Damn you're classy!