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

Article written: 11 Feb , 2015
Updated: 23 Dec , 2015

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.

Nancy Atkinson is currently Universe Today’s Contributing Editor. Previously she served as UT’s Senior Editor and lead writer, and has worked with Astronomy Cast and 365 Days of Astronomy. Nancy is the author of the new book “Incredible Stories from Space: A Behind-the-Scenes Look at the Missions Changing Our View of the Cosmos.” She is also a NASA/JPL Solar System Ambassador.

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9 Responses

  1. Steven says

    Alas, seemingly all of this derives from the work for war.

  2. Thanks Nancy!
    Is there any possibility of posting a higher resolution? I can’t read what is written under each rocket.

  3. Zoutsteen says

    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.

  4. UFOsMOTHER says

    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 🙂

  5. Nordren says

    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.

  6. oldscope says

    What a travesty to include the V2 and completely ignore Robert Goddard’s rockets!

  7. eloace says

    LMAO, cool. Albeit, you missed out SpaceX Mars Colonial Transporter

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