Updated:CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. —
SpaceX announced Tuesday a major deal that could mean more rocket launches from Cape Canaveral.
The commercial space company now has a contract to launch the world's most powerful rocket: The Falcon Heavy.
Fresh off the heels of a successful launch and the historic first docking of the Dragon capsule at the International Space Station, SpaceX has quickly become a heavyweight in the industry.
The company announced it has a contract with one of the country’s leading satellite builders to launch the new super rocket.
SpaceX is pulling in money from the private sector, which is supplying the contracts they’ve been acquiring.
The Falcon Heavy is like tying three Falcon 9 rockets together in order to take payloads much larger than anything the space shuttle ever carried into orbit.
Company executives hinted at the deal for the first payload just before the last launch, saying SpaceX is winning contracts not just among U.S. aerospace companies but around the world.
However, SpaceX hasn't said for certain the super rockets will launch from Cape Canaveral. The launches will most likely mean big investments in infrastructure and hundreds of jobs that other states with budding spaceports will be trying to snag.
The first test flight is still at least a year away, SpaceX officials said. The rocket is still being designed and developed.