The Falcon Heavy ranks as the most powerful rocket in the world, with 27 engines generating a boost of 5.1 million pounds – the equivalent of about 18 Boeing 747 combined. However, despite all the appetites of the rocket, the question of whether Falcon Heavy could win contracts and launch valuable payloads remained. Falcon Heavy was unveiled in 2011 and, as a result of developmental delays, Kim said "critics thought," When will revenue really be generated? "
The first launch did not have a paying customer, but instead launched the car of the president of SpaceX, Elon Musk, orbiting the sun. The demonstration flight was enough for a few customers to register. Over the past year, the Falcon Heavy manifesto has been extended to five contracted missions. Two of these launch contracts were signed by the Air Force, demonstrating a customer's critical support for the highest rocket standards in the world.
So, until the launch of Falcon Heavy on Thursday, the Musk company had not yet delivered the money that it had been paid for the rocket. Kim believes that more than anything, that's what sets the second flight of Falcon Heavy apart.
"Revenue creation is so important because it confirms the presence of buyers," Kim said.