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SpaceX to build BFR factory in Southern California - Spaceflight Now

SpaceX's huge new rocket will tower nearly 350 feet (106 meters) tall and span 30 feet (9 meters) in diameter, according to information presented by company founder Elon Musk last year. The reusable vehicle will come in two pieces. A booster stage ...

NASA and SpaceX planning for next launch of Bangabandhu 1 - Facts of Week

Read more at NASA and SpaceX planning for next launch of Bangabandhu 1. After Launching TESS satellite successfully into the orbit, NASA has further plans to launch Falcon 9 block 5. There will be a break of two weeks in the schedules of launches in ...

TESS Launch Close Up - Space Fellowship

NASA's Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) began its search for planets orbiting other stars by leaving planet Earth on April 18. The exoplanet hunter rode to orbit on top of a Falcon 9 rocket. The Falcon 9 is so designated for its 9 Merlin ...

SpaceX to Begin Constructing Gigantic BFR Rocket - Facts of Week

According to the Los Angeles Mayor, Eric Garcetti, they are officially announcing that SpaceX will begin production development of the Big Falcon Rocket at the Port of Los Angeles. He also added that this vehicle holds the promise of taking humankind ...

Why More Taxpayer Funding to Elon Musk's Big F-ing Rocket Would Be a Big F-ing Mistake - Townhall

The steady stream of outside competition is likely adding to Musk's uncertainty of the Falcon Heavy's future and desire to build something new. For example, the Vulcan, a heavy-lift rocket in development by the United Launch Alliance (ULA), is expected ...

SpaceX's TESS Mission is successfully complete and makes a successful landing - Buggy App (blog)

NASA's exoplanet-hunting telescope has been successfully deployed by SpaceX in the high-earth orbit. The Moon's gravity will assist the telescope to put it into a wider orbit from where the actual mission of TESS will begin. Another good news for ...

Planet hunters launch TESS in pursuit of deeper questions − whether we're alone in space - The Globe and Mail

Sara Seager has seen rockets launch before, but nothing quite prepared her for the lift-off this week of NASA's Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite, known as TESS, atop a Space X Falcon 9. While popular culture tends to fixate on the unlikely ...

NASA Planet Hunter on Its Way to Orbit - Brinkwire (press release)

NASA's Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) launched on the first-of-its-kind mission to find worlds beyond our solar system, including some that could support life. TESS, which is expected to find thousands of new exoplanets orbiting nearby ...

NASA's Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite launched on the first-of-its-kind mission to find worlds beyond our ... - Aerotech News (blog)

TESS, which is expected to find thousands of new exoplanets orbiting nearby stars, lifted off at 6:51 p.m., EDT, April 18 on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. At 7:53 p.m., the twin ...

Orbital ATK names new launcher, selects upper stage engine - Spaceflight Now

Orbital ATK plans to build the launcher's 5-meter (16-foot) diameter payload shroud — roughly the same diameter as fairings flown on Atlas 5, Falcon 9 and Ariane 5 rockets — at the company's structures division in Iuka, Mississippi. According to an ...

NASA's TESS mission successfully launched by SpaceX's Falcon 9 Rocket - The TeCake

The first scheduled launch of the NASA's TESS was delayed as the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket had got some issues related to its guidance navigation and control system. There was about a 48-hour delay in order to fix the issue of the rocket. During the ...

NASA's Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) launched Wednesday - Clarksville Online

Washington, D.C. – NASA's Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) launched on the first-of-its-kind mission to find worlds beyond our solar system, including some that could support life. TESS, which is expected to find thousands of new exoplanets ...

SpaceX successfully launches NASA's next-gen exoplanet-hunter - Brinkwire (press release)

The hunt for planets beyond the solar system went up a gear today, as NASA launched its Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station atop a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket. Successor to the Kepler Space Telescope, TESS will ...

SpaceX's Shotwell: Expect a 'couple more' Falcon Heavy launches this year - Florida Today

COLORADO SPRINGS – The Space Coast can expect a "couple more" of the massively popular Falcon Heavy launches from Kennedy Space Center this year, SpaceX's president and chief operating officer said during a dinner event Thursday night. "We have a big ...

NASA's planet-hunting TESS spacecraft flies to space aboard SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket - The TeCake

After all the hustle and bustle, NASA's new planet-hunting TESS spacecraft has been launched into space. On Wednesday, SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket blasted off from Launch Complex 40 of the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station carrying the TESS spacecraft to ...

SpaceX Falcon 9 Rocket Successfully Launches NASA's TESS Planet Hunting Telescope - Brinkwire (press release)

A Falcon 9 rocket blasted off from Florida on Wednesday on SpaceX's first high-priority science mission for NASA, a planet-hunting orbital telescope designed to detect worlds beyond our solar system that might be capable of harbouring life. The Transit ...

UC Riverside Astrophysicist Part of TESS Planet Finder Team - UCR Today (press release)

RIVERSIDE, Calif. (www.ucr.edu) — NASA's Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) launched on April 18 from Florida's Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, rising off the pad aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket at 3:51 p.m. PDT and deploying into Earth's ...

Gallery: TESS mission ascends atop SpaceX Falcon 9 - SpaceFlight Insider

TESS is part of NASA's larger exoplanet mission arc, which includes the previous Kepler Space Telescope and the long awaited James Webb Space Telescope (JWST), which is scheduled to launch in 2020. TESS will be the first spacecraft to search nearly the ...

SPACE X: NASA satellite sent into orbit - Examiner Enterprise

TESS launched on a Falcon 9 rocket from Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. TESS, which stands for Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite, is a telescope/camera that will hunt for undiscovered worlds around nearby ...

Second SpaceX Block 5 rocket spied in Texas, solidifying May 4 debut - Teslarati

Following reports from SpaceX's Hans Koenigsmann that the company's newest Falcon 9 Block 5 soared through its first hot-fire testing faster than any of the rocket's previous upgrades, the second Block 5 booster has been spotted vertical, prepping for ...

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.


Falcon Heavy Test Flight

Following its first test launch, Falcon Heavy is now the most powerful operational rocket in the world by a factor of two. With the ability to lift into orbit nearly 64 metric tons (141000...

SpaceX Falcon 9 launches TESS & Falcon 9 first stage landing

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launched NASA's Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) from Space Launch Complex 40 (SLC-40) at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida, on 18 April 2018,...

NASA's TESS exoplanet hunter launches on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket

NASA and SpaceX team up for the historic launch of NASA's Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite. Watch the launch -- and see the SpaceX boosters return to Earth -- from Cape Canaveral, Florida....

🔴 LIVE: TESS Launch: NASA SpaceX Falcon 9 Launch of Planet-Hunting TESS Satellite Mission

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SpaceX Falcon 9 launches Iridium-5

A SpaceX Falcon 9 launched the Iridium-5 NEXT mission, 10 satellites to low- Earth orbit for Iridium, from Space Launch Complex 4E (SLC-4E) at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, on 30...

Falcon 9 rocket launch provides spectacular view in Bakersfield

SpaceX's Falcon 9, a rocket carrying satellites, launched shortly before 5:30 p.m. Friday from Vandenberg Air Force Base on the coast and provided a spectacular view all the way to Bakersfield....