SpaceX has announced their Falcon Heavy lift rocket. It consists of two liquid fuel rockets astride a longer center rocket. Each of the three rockets has 9 Merlin rocket engines.  SpaceX claims it will lift 53 metric tons into low earth orbit- twice the payload of the Space Shuttle and more than twice that of the Delta IV.   Depending on configuration a launch will cost between $80 and $125 million. 

This seems to be real progress for the space business.

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