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    SpaceX to phase out everything but its Mars-colonizing 'BFR' Rocket

    By Mike Wall
    October 03, 2017, 6:18:28 PM EDT

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    Artist’s illustration of SpaceX BFR spaceships on the moon. Credit: SpaceX

    Falcon Heavy, we hardly knew ye.

    SpaceX plans to eventually phase out the big rocket, which has yet to fly, as well as the Falcon 9 booster and Dragon capsule to concentrate on the Mars-colonizing BFR system, company founder and CEO Elon Musk announced Friday (Sept. 29).

    The move should make it possible for SpaceX to afford the BFR's development, he said. [The BFR: SpaceX's Mars-Colonization Architecture in Images]

    "If we can do that, then all the resources that are used for Falcon 9, Heavy and Dragon can be applied to this system," Musk said at the 68th International Astronautical Congress (IAC) in Adelaide, Australia, where he unveiled SpaceX's latest Mars-colonization architecture. "That's really fundamental."

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