All the World’s Rockets, Past, Present and Future

MOAR rockets! As a followup to our recent post about the Rockets of the World (to scale), here’s another graphic posted on imgur, created by Alex Brown. While the earlier graphic only included rockets that had flown, this one has rockets that are also in development, such as the SLS, Falcon Heavy and the Long March 9. It’s also a great look back at the history of rocket development, including the V-2 ballistic, England’s Black Arrow and Korolyov’v wide-body Sputnik. All are shown to scale, as compared with an average human being.

As noted, this graphic is as of the present, February 2015.

9 Replies to “All the World’s Rockets, Past, Present and Future”

  1. For those who love to relativate weight to something they understand.

    1 metric ton is about a 70 crates of beer (24 glass bottles each)

    130 metric tons is about the maximum take-off weight of an A400M or C-130.

  2. Great article Nancy but you forgot the most important project for the future the E.S.A. and Reaction Engines Ltd. (U.K.) —SABRE—will take off on a runway fly into Space then land back on a runway just like a Plane this is the Greatest Mission Ever and we are ready to go right now 🙂

  3. Cool infographic! Nice to see SLS and Long March 9 (scheduled for the end of the 2020s!) there. Would be great also to see the new Chinese Long March 5 (comparable to Delta-IV Heavy, Ariane 5, etc) and 7 rockets added – they’ll be making maiden launches in 2016.

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