Modern rocket consume a monstrous amount of fuel. Youtuber Hazegrayart edited video, which clearly shows the fuel consumption in four different rockets, Saturn 5, Shuttle, Falcon Heavy and the new Space Launch System (SLS).
In the video, different fuels are shown in different colours:
- Red Kerosene;
- Orange Liquid hydrogen;
- Blue Liquid oxygen.
The most “voracious” was, not surprisingly, the most powerful rocket – the Saturn 5. It was used by NASA from 1967 to 1973 for launching the Apollo missions. Saturn 5 burns an average of 2 076 500 kg of fuel per flight and can lift 140,000 kg of cargo into low orbit – or you can send 48 500 kg on the moon.
The Shuttle uses to get off the ground. a combination liquid-fuel main engines and solid rocket boosters. It consumes an average of 1 735 600 pounds of fuel.
The Falcon Heavy rocket was launched three times, she requires an average of 411 000 kg of fuel to raise the orbit of 64 000 kg of payload.
And finally, the new Space Launch System (SLS). She never rose from the ground, but they plan to use to start the mission Artemis, which should go to the moon in the coming years. Data about the rocket, hard to find, but it is known that the 77-ton version will carry about 70 000 kg of cargo and will be 10% more powerful than Saturn 5. 143-ton version will be able to lift 130 000 kg of cargo and will surpass the Saturn-5 on the power by 20 %.
Source — Universe Today