# How much payload can Falcon Heavy Reusable lift?

I can only find figures for the Expendable configuration - 63.8 metric tons. The Wikipedia article says

The partially reusable Falcon Heavy falls into the heavy-lift range of launch systems, capable of lifting 20 to 50 metric tons into low Earth orbit (LEO), under the classification system used by a NASA human spaceflight review panel. A fully expendable Falcon Heavy may also reach the super heavy-lift category (above 50 metric tons to LEO).

However, this ballpark range has no reference other than a NASA report that makes no mention of Falcon Heavy and is only used to define rocket categories (heavy-lift and super heavy-lift).

Now, I did find this quote on Teslarati, of all places, but it isn't referenced, and as sites that specialize in this area have not named a figure, I'm not sure of its accuracy

...the fully reusable Falcon Heavy has a max payload of about 23,000 kg to LEO and 8,000 kg to GTO.

I do note that the Wikipedia article does have a figure of 8000 kg to GTO, from which the other orbits could be extrapolated, but that gets a different figure than the one mentioned above and is perhaps a bit simplistic. Using Spacex's published payload capacities, that implies 19 tons to LEO.

So how much can the FH Reusable lift?

• Small bit: according to Elon Musk's Twitter feed, center core expended side cores recovered (on drone ships) is a 10% hit on capacity over full expendable configuration, which would imply ~56 tons to LEO. I suspect due to the tyranny of the rocket equation the hit is worse for higher energy orbits, but I haven't done the math. Feb 17, 2018 at 21:24
• Source for the 10% hit: mobile.twitter.com/elonmusk/status/963094533830426624 Feb 17, 2018 at 22:06

According to SpaceX web-site, the Falcon Heavy has the following max capacities (presumably fully expended).

Fully Expended Capacities

• LEO: 63,800kg
• MARS: 16,800kg
• GTO: 26,700kg
• PLUTO: 3,500kg

Based on Elon's tweet from @ORCoder, if you drone ship land the side-cores and just expend the center core you only lose 10%.

• LEO: 57,400kg
• MARS: 15,000kg
• GTO: 24,000kg
• PLUTO: 3,150kg