Falcon 9 | SpaceX

Introduction

Falcon 9 v1.1 is a two-stage medium-lift launch system designed, manufactured and operated by Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX).

The launcher is based on the Falcon 9 v1.0 version that has successfully flown 5 missions. Falcon 9 is capable of delivering payloads to a variety of orbits including Low Earth Orbit and Geostationary Transfer Orbit.

S No. Type Description
1 Reusable Version F9R
2 Height 68.4m
3 Diameter 3.66
4 Launch Mass >505,846kg (F9R
5 Stages 2
6 Booster None
7 Mass to LEO 13,150kg
8 Mass to GTO 4,850kg
9 Launch Cost $61.2M

S No. Type Description
1 Engine Arrangement Octaweb
2 Length 41.2m (without Interstage)
3 Diameter 3.66m
4 Inert Mass 23,100kg (F9R: ~25,600kg)
5 Propellant Mass 395,700kg
6 Fuel Rocket Propellant 1
7 Oxidizer Liquid Oxygen
8 LOX Mass 276,600kg
9 RP-1 Mass 119,100kg
10 LOX Tank Monocoque
11 RP-1 Tank Stringer & Ring
12 Frame
Material
Aluminum-Lithium
13 Interstage Length 6.5m
14 Guidance From 2nd Stage
15 Tank Pressurization Heated Helium
16 Propulsion 9 x Merlin 1D

Operating System

Falcon 9 is operated from Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida, and SLC-4 at Vandenberg Air Force Base, California to allow the vehicle to target a number of orbital inclinations and decrease the number of range conflicts.


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