When Falcon Heavy lifted off, it became the most powerful operational rocket in the world by a factor of two. With the strength to lift into orbit nearly 64 metric tons (141,000 lb)—a bulk greater than a 737 jetliner loaded with passengers, crew, luggage, and fuel—Falcon Heavy can boost more than twice the payload of the next closest operational vehicle, the Delta IV Heavy, at one-third the cost.
Following liftoff, the two side boosters separated from the center core and returned to the landing site for future reuse.
Falcon Heavy put a Tesla Roadster and its passenger, Starman, into orbit around the sun. At max velocity, Starman and the Roadster will travel 11 km/s (7mi/s) and travel 400 million km (250 million mi) from Earth.