Rocket technology has been around for centuries, but it was in the early 20th century that it saw its heyday. With the ever-expanding popularity of space travel, rocketships have come into the spotlight. We are all familiar with what they do and how they work, but do you really understand the size and strength of rockets. For instance, what was the largest rocketship ever? And which one is the strongest rocketship? We will discuss these two questions.
What was the Biggest Rocket Ever?
Obviously, the biggest/tallest rocketship ever to fly in history is the Saturn V, which was used to launch astronauts into space. This rocket had a total weight of about 2,950 tons and 111 meters (363 feet) tall. Its record-breaking payload capacity was a staggering 310,000 pounds (140,000 kg) of cargo and crew.
The Saturn V rocket was developed under the Apollo program for human exploration of the Moon and was later used to launch the first American space station, Skylab. The rocket made several trips to the moon and was retired in 1973. The Saturn V remains the tallest and heaviest rocketship ever flown in history.
What is the Strongest Rocketship?
Falcon Heavy is the strongest/powerful rocket in history. The three-propel booster, 20-story super-heavy rocketship is the remarkable creation of SpaceX. It is 230 feet tall (70 meters) and has a payload capacity of about 140,700 pounds (63,820 kg).
According to the SpaceX website, Falcon Heavy is composed of three Falcon 9 nine-engine cores. The 27 Merlin engines together generate more than 5 million pounds of thrust at liftoff, equal to eighteen 747 aircraft. The purpose of this rocketship is to haul satellites and other payloads into orbit.