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When, where, and how Elon Musk's SpaceX plans to colonise Mars - The Australian Financial Review

Since then, SpaceX has developed several impressive aerospace systems: Falcon 1, its first orbital rocket; Grasshopper, a small self-landing test rocket; Falcon 9, a reusable orbital-class launcher; Dragon, a spaceship for cargo and soon NASA ...

MDA ships final spacecraft in preparation for launch of RADARSAT constellation mission - Skies Magazine (press release)

MDA, a Maxar Technologies company, announced that it has shipped, as planned, the third and final satellite for the RADARSAT Constellation Mission (RCM) that MDA is building for the Canadian Space Agency. The constellation will launch from the ...

Air Force Verifies Falcon Heavy, Organizes Satellite Launch For 2020 - Browse Live News (press release) (blog)

When, in February, the Falcon Heavy rocket was debuted by SpaceX, one of the major questions regarding who, precisely, would utilize the huge booster along its 27 engines. We do have an answer now: the US Air Force that declared it had chosen the ...

Spectacular SpaceX launch seen from Malibu - Tri-City Herald

SpaceX made its first West Coast landing after launching a Falcon 9 rocket from Vandenberg Air Base on October 7. This footage shows the launch lighting up the sky above Malibu, California. The launch sparked increased Google searches for “UFO.”.

SpaceX will orbit the object to be seen from Earth - The Koz Times

Booster Falcon 9, owned by SpaceX, will be put into orbit in November, the satellite, whose sole purpose — to be visible from Earth. As noted in CBS, the initiator of this project called Orbital Reflector is an American photographer, cinematographer ...

Musk-powered space sculpture has critics firing up - The Australian

Orbital Reflector will be fired into space next month aboard a Falcon 9 rocket built by Elon Musk's company SpaceX. Once about 560km above Earth, an unremarkable box containing the sculpture will burst open and the shiny silver material will expand ...

For the first time in history: SpaceX will launch a tier of “second-hand” - The Bobr Times

Rocket Falcon 9 Block 5 has twice flown the first stage will lead into space before the end of the year. SpaceX plans to significantly reduce the cost of bringing payloads into space by the reuse of the first stages of rockets, the Falcon 9 and Falcon ...

SpaceX begins huge dirt pile removal to pave way for BFR spaceship hop tests - Teslarati

The infrastructure needed for those early tests could be quite sparse depending on the status of the BFR hardware to be 'hopped' – Falcon 9's Grasshopper and F9R test campaigns, for example, operated off of a tiny concrete pad with extremely minimalist ...

Israel's first mission to the moon – to launch on a Falcon 9 – delayed a few weeks - Brinkwire (press release)

In the history of spaceflight, three nations have successfully landed a spacecraft on the surface of the moon. Israel hopes to be the fourth, as SpaceIL prepares their robotic lander to launch aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket. SpaceIL noted late on ...

How much does space travel cost? - euronews

Using its 230-foot-tall Falcon 9, SpaceX charges $62 million to send into orbit commercial satellites weighing up to 50,000 pounds. The closest American competitor is the United Launch Alliance Atlas V, which starts at $73 million for a 41,000-pound ...

Elon Musk's SpaceX to send sculpture into space - The Times

The launch date is fast approaching for a satellite unlike any other: a giant unfurling sculpture that could become the most viewed work of art in history. Orbital Reflector will be fired into space next month aboard a Falcon 9 rocket built by Elon ...

Huge 'diamond' sculpture in space could make history - Fox News

That's a question at the heart of Orbital Reflector, a project from artist Trevor Paglen and the Nevada Museum of Art, which will see a 100-foot shiny diamond-shaped sculpture launched by a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from California's Vandenberg Air Force ...

Congress Needs To Stop Pouring Money Into NASA's Contractor Black Hole - The Federalist

In only a decade they conceived, designed, built, and launched its Falcon 9 rocket, both its cargo and manned Dragon capsules. They then topped this all off with its Falcon Heavy rocket, first launched in February and costing only about $500 million to ...

WATCH: Stunning view of Space X Falcon 9 rocket - Pakistan Today

People in the US state of California last week were stunned by what they believed were Unidentified Flying Objects (UFO's) in the night sky. However, the majestic sight was in fact the launch of Space X's Falcon 9 rocket from Vandenberg Air Force Base.

You'll soon be able to make 3D foot scans to buy shoes online - Fin24

Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa speaks near a Falcon 9 rocket during the announcement by Elon Musk to be the first private passenger who will fly around the Moon aboard the SpaceX BFR launch vehicle. (David McNew, AFP) ...

Spotted In the California Sky: A Rocket Landing - WDRB

Last week SpaceX launched the Falcon 9 from Vandenberg Air Force base (north of Los Angeles) at night. That made some stunning pictures, and scared more than a few people who thought aliens were invading. Proud to be an investor in #SpaceX. What a ...

Safety panel says much work left to do before commercial crew ships fly - Spaceflight Now

SpaceX's first Crew Dragon spacecraft, assigned to an orbital test flight designated Demo-1 without astronauts on-board, arrived at Cape Canaveral in July to begin final preparations for launch on a Falcon 9 rocket. Don McErlean, an ASAP member, said ...

Science: No more taxi service to Space Station after Soyuz failure [Report] - Infosurhoy

Elon Musk's SpaceX, who also runs electric carmaker Tesla, will be using its Falcon 9 rockets. Since 2012 SpaceX has launched satellites for NASA, and has carried out 16 resupply missions to the ISS. Sending astronauts to the ISS will be a first for a ...

Sculpture that unravels in space could become most widely viewed artwork of all time - CBS News

This November, a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will deliver 70 satellites into Earth's orbit including one that comes from the Nevada Museum of Art. It's called "Orbital Reflector," and it's the latest work by artist Trevor Paglen. "The point of working on ...

How I Shot the Falcon 9 Rocket Launch from an Airline Cockpit - PetaPixel (blog)

“Oakland Center are you talking to that traffic at our 9 o'clock position? We got a yellow light out there and it's coming up pretty fast.” This unusual radio transmission to Air Traffic Control from a Southwest Airlines jet caught our attention on an ...

Falcon 9 is a family of two-stage-to-orbit launch vehicles, named for its use of nine first-stage engines, designed and manufactured by SpaceX. The Falcon 9 versions are the Falcon 9 v1.0 , Falcon 9 v1.1 , and the current Falcon 9 Full Thrust, a partially-reusable launch system. Both stages are powered by rocket engines that burn liquid oxygen and rocket-grade kerosene propellants. The first stage is designed to be reusable, while the second stage is not. The Falcon 9 versions are in the medium-lift to heavy-lift range of launch systems. The current Falcon 9 can lift payloads of up to 22,800 kilograms to low Earth orbit, and up to 8,300 kilograms to geostationary transfer orbit.

Falcon 9
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Falcon 9 Full Thrust standing on the LC40 launch pad, carrying a Dragon cargo spacecraft for the CRS-8 mission (April 8, 2016)
Function Orbital launch vehicle
Manufacturer SpaceX
Country of origin United States
Cost per launch FT: $62M
Size
Height
  • Block 5: 70 m (230 ft)
  • FT: 70 m (230 ft)
  • v1.1: 68.4 m (224 ft)
  • v1.0: 54.9 m (180 ft)
Diameter 3.7 m (12 ft)
Mass
  • FT: 549,054 kg (1,210,457 lb)
  • v1.1: 505,846 kg (1,115,200 lb)
  • v1.0: 333,400 kg (735,000 lb)
Stages 2
Capacity
Payload to LEO
  • FT: 22,800 kg (50,300 lb)
  • v1.1: 13,150 kg (28,990 lb)
  • v1.0: 10,450 kg (23,040 lb)
Payload to
GTO
  • FT: 8,300 kg (18,300 lb)
  • v1.1: 4,850 kg (10,690 lb)
  • v1.0: 4,540 kg (10,010 lb)
Launch history
Status
  • Block 5: In Development
  • FT: Active
  • v1.1: Retired
  • v1.0: Retired
Launch sites
Total launches
  • 28+1
    • FT: 8+1
    • v1.1: 15
    • v1.0: 5
Successes
  • 26
    • FT: 8
    • v1.1: 14
    • v1.0: 4
Failures
  • 2
    • FT: 1
    • v1.1: 1
Partial failures 1 (v1.0)
Landings 6 / 11 attempts
First flight
Last flight
First stage
Engines
Thrust
  • Block 5 (Mid 2017): 8,451 kN (1,900,000 lbf)
  • FT : 7,607 kN (1,710,000 lbf)
  • FT: 6,806 kN (1,530,000 lbf)
  • v1.1: 5,885 kN (1,323,000 lbf)
  • v1.0: 4,940 kN (1,110,000 lbf)
Specific impulse
  • v1.1
    • Sea level: 282 seconds
    • Vacuum: 311 seconds
  • v1.0
    • Sea level: 275 seconds
    • Vacuum: 304 seconds
Burn time
  • FT: 162 seconds
  • v1.1: 180 seconds
  • v1.0: 170 seconds
Fuel LOX / RP-1
Second stage
Engines
Thrust
  • FT: 934 kN (210,000 lbf)
  • v1.1: 801 kN (180,000 lbf)
  • v1.0: 617 kN (139,000 lbf)
Specific impulse
  • FT: 348 seconds
  • v1.1: 340 seconds
  • v1.0: 342 seconds
Burn time
  • FT: 397 seconds
  • v1.1: 375 seconds
  • v1.0: 345 seconds
Fuel LOX / RP-1

Falcon 9 is a family of two-stage-to-orbit launch vehicles, named for its use of nine first-stage engines, designed and manufactured by SpaceX. The Falcon 9 versions are the Falcon 9 v1.0 (retired), Falcon 9 v1.1 (retired), and the current Falcon 9 Full Thrust, a partially-reusable launch system. Both stages are powered by rocket engines that burn liquid oxygen (LOX) and rocket-grade kerosene (RP-1) propellants. The first stage is designed to be reusable, while the second stage is not. The Falcon 9 versions are in the medium-lift to heavy-lift range of launch systems. The current Falcon 9 ("Full Thrust") can lift payloads of up to 22,800 kilograms (50,300 lb) to low Earth orbit, and up to 8,300 kilograms (18,300 lb) to geostationary transfer orbit.

The Falcon 9 and Dragon capsule combination won a Commercial Resupply Services (CRS) contract from NASA in 2008 to deliver cargo to the International Space Station (ISS) under the Commercial Orbital Transportation Services (COTS) program. The first commercial resupply mission to the ISS launched in October 2012. The initial version 1.0 design made five flights before it was retired in 2013. The version 1.1 design made a total of 15 flights beginning in 2013 before it was retired in January 2016.

SpaceX has been flying an improved version with 30 percent higher performance —Falcon 9 Full Thrust—since December 2015 on the 20th Falcon 9 launch. This followed the 2013 upgrade which was 60 percent heavier —Falcon 9 v1.1—that flew from September 2013 on the sixth Falcon 9 launch, through January 2016 on the 21st Falcon 9 launch. Falcon 9 Full Thrust will be the base for the Falcon Heavy launch vehicle. SpaceX intends to complete testing in order to achieve certification for the Falcon 9 to be human-rated for transporting NASA astronauts to the ISS as part of a Commercial Crew Transportation Capability contract, also using the Full Thrust version. Elon Musk announced that there will be a final upgrade to the Falcon 9, Block 5 (Previously known unofficially as Falcon 9 1.3). This upgrade will mainly increase the thrust on the engines to the maximum they can produce and will make some improvements to the landing legs. There will also be some minor improvements to help recovery and reuse, among other smaller things.