(L-R) Gavin Newsom, Lieutenant Governor of California, SpaceX founder Elon Musk and Colonel Richard W. Boltz, Commander, 30th Space Wing sit at the SpaceX press confernece that is renovating an old launch pad at the Vandenberg Air Force Base for the world's most powerful rocket during a groundbreaking ceremony at the seaside base northwest of Los Angeles.
The Hawthorne-based company is building the Falcon Heavy designed to be large enough to send cargo or even people beyond Earth's orbit and has double the power and cargo space than the space shuttle.
SpaceX expects the Falcon Heavy to make its maiden launch from Vandenberg in 2013. After the company refurbishes its facility in Cape Canaveral, Fla., the rocket will launch from both coasts. July 13,2011. Vandenberg AFB, CA. Photo by Gene Blevins/LA Daily News