SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket is medium lift launch vehicle
and is used for launching payloads to orbit. Falcon 9 is also used
capsule to the International Space Station.
SpaceX Falcon 9 and Moonrise.
Falcon 9 was developed from the ground up by
cost-effective transport into orbit. The Falcon 9 is a two-stage launch vehicle
that uses liquid oxygen and rocket-grade kerosene. Its aluminum lithium alloy
exterior uses the strongest and most reliable welding techniques available
At present Falcon 9 is launched from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station Launch
Complex 40 In the future SpaceX plans to lease Vandenberg AFB Space Launch
SpaceX Falcon 9 Specs:
Diameter: 3.66m (12ft)
Height: 69.2 m (227 ft)
Thrust (sea level): 5.88 MN (1,320,000 lbf)
Launch mass: 333,400 kg (735,000 lb)
Payload to LEO: 13,150 kg (29,000 lb)
Payload to GTO: 4,850 kg (10,700 lb)
The Falcon 9 is powered by nine Merlin 1C rocket
engines (LOX/Kero), which are the highest performing American hydrocarbon
rockets ever flown. The engines generate one million pounds of
thrust in a vacuum, employing the same technology as that used in
the Apollo moon mission.
The second stage of the Falcon 9 is powered by a
single Merlin engine with an expansion ratio of 117:1 and a
nominal burn time of 345 seconds.
In line with its goal of reusability, SpaceX plans to make the
first stage reusable by its sixth flight. The second stage, which
separates from the Dragon capsule and falls to Earth at a much
higher altitude, will require significant advances in heat shield
technology to withstand atmospheric temperatures and become
First Falcon 9 Launch
The first Falcon 9 flight was launched from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station on
4 June, 2010 with a successful orbital insertion.
Flight 2: COTS
Demo Flight 1
On December 8, 2010, SpaceX became the first commercial company in history to
launch, fly and recover a spacecraft from Earth orbit.
Flight 3: COTS
Demo Flight 2
SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket was the first fully commercially developed launcher to
deliver a payload to the International Space Station. It was launched on 22 May
CRS-1 (1st of 12 contracted flights)
SpaceX CRS-1, the first contracted cargo resupply flight to the
International Space Station under NASA's Commercial Resupply
Services (CRS) contract was launched on Sunday, October
Flight 5: CRS-2
(2nd of 12 contracted flights)
SpaceX CRS-2, the 2nd contracted cargo resupply
flight to the International Space Station maybe launched in
1 March 2013.
DragonLab Mission 1