With 27 rockets and the ability to launch almost three times the amount of payload into orbit SpaceX is hoping its new rocket will become the gold standard for sending equipment and humans into space.
Elon Musk, founder and boss of SpaceX, wants to send his Tesla red convertible in deep space to Mars to the edge of his new fuse of large capacity, "Falcon Heavy", whose first flight is expected at the earliest in January next year.
The billionaire entrepreneur tweeted his plans last week and it was uncertain whether he was joking.
"The destination is the orbit of Mars".
"Just bear in mind that there is a good chance this monster rocket blows up, so I wouldn't put anything of irreplaceable sentimental value on it". With the capability to propel 54 metric tons - roughly the weight of a full Boeing 737 jet - into space, the inclusion Elon Musk's electric vehicle doesn't seem that outlandish.
SpaceX will launch its Falcon 9 rocket, with the Dragon payload, from SLC-40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida.
This is two times the load the current biggest rocket in operation, the Delta IV Heavy, can propel.
Ahead of SpaceX's thirteenth cargo delivery mission to the International Space Station (ISS) for NASA, scheduled for December 12, CEO Elon Musk shared photographs of both the Falcon 9 rocket and the Dragon spacecraft that will be used on the mission.
In September, SpaceX unveiled designs for a rocket capable of interplanetary travel within our own solar system which could also be used for transport on Earth.
It goes without saying that the song will be "Space Oddity"- and that this plan was announced, like so many of Musk's business decisions, in a cryptic message on Twitter over the weekend.
Reusing the rocket and the spacecraft drastically reduces the cost of making trips to space, which is why NASA has been very enthusiastic about using the services of SpaceX for supply missions to the ISS.