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Falcon


Operated by SpaceX, a US private venture. The launch vehicle family is designed to provide low cost and high reliability launches. SpaceX has launch complexes at Cape Canaveral, Vandenberg and the Marshall Islands (Kwajalein Atoll).


Pricing and Performance


  Falcon 1 Falcon 5 Falcon 9 Falcon 9 S5 Falcon 9 S9 Falcon Heavy
LEO (kg) 570 4100 8700 16500 24750 60+ tons
GTO (kg)   1050 3100 6400 9650 25+ tons
Fairing diameter (m) 1.5 3.6 5.2 5.2 5.2 5.2
Price (million USD) 6.7 18 35 51 78  

Designed from the ground up by SpaceX, Falcon 1 is a two stage rocket powered by liquid oxygen and RP-1 kerosene.


Falcon launches


# Launch id Payload Launch Date Site Type Status/Comment (orbit in perigee x apogee x inclination x period)
1 n/a Falconsat 2 24 Mar 2006 at 22:30 UT   Failure: fuel leak at 25s into the flight. Crashed at 75m from the launch pad. Faulty nut caused tghe leak.
2 n/a Demosat 21 Mar 2007 at 01:10 UT   Failure: second stage failed after excessive roll caused by a bump from the first stage, at separation. The satellite could nevertheless we separated, but at an insufficient velocity.
3 n/a Trailblazer
PreSat
NanoSail D
Celestis 7
3 Jul 2008 at 03:34 UT   Failure: failed separation between first and second stage
4 08048 Ratsat (165 kg dummy mass, remained attached to the rocket) 28 Sep 2008 at 23:15 UT   328 x 646 km x 9.2°
5 09037 Macsat 14 Jul 2009 at 03:35 UT    
6 10026 Dummy Dragon Cargo 4 Jun 2010 at 18:45 UT C 40 9 243 x 271 km x 34.5°
7 10066 A: Dragon C1
B: QBX 2
C: SMDC-ONE 1
D: Perseus 3
E: Perseus 1
F: QBX 1
G: Perseus 2
H: Perseus 0
J: Mayflower-Caerus
8 Dec 2010 at 15:53 UT C 40 9 Dragon C1 was recovered after splash in the Pacific.
An engine anomaly occured (oxidiser-rich shutdown)
8 12027 A: Dragon C2/C3
Celestis 11
22 May 2012 at 07:44 UT C 40 9  
9 12054 A: Dragon CRS 1
B: Orbcomm OG2-1
8 Oct 2012 at 00:35 UT C 40 9 partial failure: One of the 9 motors failed 1 min 19 sec into the launch: it shutdown and the other 8 motors were dynamically reprogrammed to try to compensate. Despite, the second payload was delivered in the wrong orbit, because the upper stage was not restarted (due to safety regulations).
10 13010 Dragon CRS 2 1 Mar 2013 at 15:10 UT C 10 9 199 x 323 km x 51.7°
11 13055 A: Cassiope
B: Cusat 1
C: Dande
D,E,F: Popacs x3
29 Sep 2013 at 18:00 UT V 4E 9 v1.1 First stage could not be recovered. Upper stage second burn failed
12 13071 SES 8 3 Dec 2013 at 22:41 UT C 40 9 v1.1 295 x 80000 km
13 14002 Thaicom 6 6 Jan 2014 at 22:06 UT C 40 9 v1.1 295 x 90000 km x 22.5°
14 14022 Dragon CRS 3
B: Sporesat
C: Tsat
D: Phonesat v2.5
E: All Star-Theia
F: Kicksat + Sprite
18 Apr 2014 at 19:25 UT C 40 9 v1.1R R: first stage could be reused
15 14040 A: Orbcomm OG2-9
B: Orbcomm OG2-7
C: Orbcomm OG2-6
D: Orbcomm OG2-11
E: Orbcomm OG2-4
F: Orbcomm OG2-3
14 Jul 2014 at 15:15 UT C 40 9 v1.1R recovery of the first stage failed
16 14046 Asiasat 8 5 Aug 2014 at 8:00 UT C 40 9 v1.1  
17 14052 Asiasat 6 7 Sep 2014 C 40 9 v1.1 154x35752km x 25.4°
18 14056 Dragon CRS 4 21 Sep 2014 at 05:52 UT C 40 9 v1.1  
19 15001 Dragon CRS 5 10 Jan 2015 at 09:47 UT C 40 9 v1.1 attempt to land first stage, but crashed
20 15007 DSCOVR 11 Feb 2015 at 23:03 UT C 40 9 v1.1 Non-Earth orbit (L1 point)
570 kg
21 15010 A: ABS 3A
B: Eutelsat 115 West B / Satmex 7
2 Mar 2015 at 03:50 UT C 40 9 v1.1 260 x 63300 km
22 15021 Dragon CRS 6 14 Apr 2015 at 20:10 UT C 40 9 v1.1  
23 15023 Turkmenälem/Monacosatsat_Turkmenalem_52e 28 Apr 2015 at 23:03 UT C 40 9 v1.1  
24 n/a Dragon CRS 7 28 Jun 2015 at 14:21 UT C 40 9 v1.1 Structural failure in the second stage 138 seconds into flight
25 15081 Orbcomm OG2-05
Orbcomm OG2-08
Orbcomm OG2-10
Orbcomm OG2-12
Orbcomm OG2-13
Orbcomm OG2-14
Orbcomm OG2-15
Orbcomm OG2-16
Orbcomm OG2-17
Orbcomm OG2-18
Orbcomm OG2-19
22 Dec 2015 at 01:29 UT C 40 9 v1.2 First successful vertical landing of the first stage
26 16002 Jason 3 17 Jan 2016 at 18:42 UT 9 v1.1 First stage failed to land on the droneship
27 16013 SES 9 5 Mar 2016 at 23:35 UT C 40 9 v1.2 334 x 40648 km x 28°
28 16024 Dragon CRS 8 8 apr 2016 at 20:43 UT C 40 9 v1.2  
29 16028 Jcsat 14 6 May 2016 at 05:21 UT C 40 9 v1.2 188 x 35956 km x 23.7°
First stage was cleanly recovered vertically, but damaged to a point it can't be reused
30 16031 Ipstar 2/Thaicom 8 27 May 2016 at 21:39 UT C 40 9 v1.2 250 x 90000 km x 21.2°
First stage recovered vertically
31 16038 A: ABS 2A
B: Satmex 9
15 Jun 2016 at 14:29 UT C 40 9 v1.2 First stage failed to land properly
32 16046 Dragon CRS 9 18 Jul 2016 at 04:45 UT C 40 9 v1.2  
33 16050 Jcsat 16 14 Aug 2016 at 05:26 UT C 40 9 v1.2  
34 n/a Amos 6 01 Sep 2016 at 13:07 UT C 40 9 v1.2 Failure: exploded on launch pad before launch. A breach in the cryogenic helium system might be the cause.
35 17003 A: Iridium Next 106
B: Iridium Next 103
C: Iridium Next 109
D: Iridium Next 102
E: Iridium Next 105
F: Iridium Next 104
G: Iridium Next 114
H: Iridium Next 108
J: Iridium Next 112
K: Iridium Next 111
14 Jan 2017 at 17:54 UT V 4E 9 v1.2  
36 17009 Dragon CRS 10 19 Feb 2017 at 14:39 UT C 39A 9 v1.2  
37 17014 Echostar 23 16 Mar 2017 at 06:00 UT C 39A 9 v1.2ex  
38 17017 SES 10 30 Mar 2017 at 22:27 UT C 39A 9 v1.2 reused first stage
39 17022 USA 276 1 May 2017 at 11:15 UT C 39A 9 v1.2  
40 17025 Inmarsat 5F4 15 May 2017 at 23:21 UT C 39A 9 v1.2ex  
41 17030 Dragon CRS 11 03 Jun 2017 at 21:07 UT C 39A 9 v1.2  
42 17038 Bulgariasat 1 23 Jun 2017 at 19:10 UT C 39A 9 v1.2 reused first stage
43 17039 A: Iridium Next 113
B: Iridium Next 123
C: Iridium Next 120
D: Iridium Next 115
E: Iridium Next 118
F: Iridium Next 117
G: Iridium Next 126
H: Iridium Next 124
J: Iridium Next 128
K: Iridium Next 121
25 Jun 2017 at 20:25 UT V 4E 9 v1.2  
44 17041 Intelsat 35e 5 Jul 2017 at 23:38 UT C 39A 9 v1.2ex  
45 17045 Dragon CRS 12 14 Aug 2017 at 16:31 UT C 39A 9 v1.2  
46 17049 Rocsat 5 24 Aug 2017 at 18:51 UT V 4E 9 v1.2  
47 17052 USA 277 7 Sep 2017 at 14:00 UT C 39A 9  
48 17061 A: Iridium Next 133
B: Iridium Next 100
C: Iridium Next 122
D: Iridium Next 129
E: Iridium Next 119
F: Iridium Next 107
G: Iridium Next 132
H: Iridium Next 136
J: Iridium Next 139
K: Iridium Next 125
9 Oct 2017 at 12:37 UT V 4E 9 v1.2  
49 17063 SES 11 11 Oct 2017 at 22:53 UT C 39A 9 v1.2 reused first stage
50 17067 Koreasat 5A 30 Oct 2017 at 19:34 UT C 39A 9 v1.2  
51 17080 Dragon CRS 13 15 Dec 2017 at 15:36 UT C 40 9 v1.2  
52 17083 A: Iridium Next 135
B: Iridium Next 138
C: Iridium Next 116
D: Iridium Next 130
E: Iridium Next 151
F: Iridium Next 134
G: Iridium Next 137
H: Iridium Next 141
J: Iridium Next 153
K: Iridium Next 131
23 Dec 2017 at 01:27 UT V 4E 9 v1.2 reused first stage
53 18001 USA 280 8 Jan 2018 at 01:00 UT C 40 9 v1.2  
54 18013 SES 16 31 Jan 2018 at 22:25 UT C 40 9 v1.2  
55 18017 Tesla Roadstar and Starman (mannequin) 6 Feb 2018 at 21:45 UT C 39A heavy the 2 strap-on boosters landed safely, but the core booster failed because of lack of ignition fluid
56 18020 A: Paz
B: Microsat 2A
C: Microsat 2B
22 Feb 2018 at 14:17 UT V 4E 9 V1.2ex  
57 18023 A: Hispasat 1F
B: Podsat 1
6 Mar 2018 at 05:33 UT C 40 9 v1.2  
58 18030 A: Iridium Next 144
B: Iridium Next 150
C: Iridium Next 143
D: Iridium Next 149
E: Iridium Next 157
F: Iridium Next 140
G: Iridium Next 145
H: Iridium Next 146
I: Iridium Next 148
J: Iridium Next 142
30 Mar 2018 at 14:13 UT V 4E 9 v1.2  
59 18032 Dragon CRS 14 3 Apr 2018 at 12:30 UT C 10 9 v1.2  
60 18038 TESS 18 Apr 2018 at 22:51 UT C 40 9 v1.2  
61 18044 Bangabandhu 1 11 May 2018 at 20:14 UT C 39 9 v1.2 First flight of Falcon 9 block 5 (capable of 10+ flights)
62 18047 A: Grace FO 1
B: Grace FO 2
C: K: Iridium Next 161
D: Iridium Next 152
E: Iridium Next 147
F: Iridium Next 110
G: Iridium Next 162
22 May 2018 at 19:47 UT V 4E 9 v1.2  
63 18049 SES 12 4 Jun 2018 at 04:45 UT C 40 9 v1.2  
64 18055 Dragon CRS 15 29 Jun 2018 at 09:42 UT C 40 9 v1.2  
65 18059 Telstar 19V 22 Jul 2018 at 05:50 UT C 40 9 v1.2 18000 km apogee subsynchronous transfer orbit
66 18061 A: Iridium Next 160
B: Iridium Next 166
C: Iridium Next 158
D: Iridium Next 165
E: Iridium Next 155
F: Iridium Next 154
G: Iridium Next 163
H: Iridium Next 156
J: Iridium Next 164
K: Iridium Next 159
25 Jul 2018 at 11:39 UT V 4E 9 v1.2  
67 18064 Telkom 4 7 Aug 2018 at 05:18 UT C 40 9 v1.2  
68 18069 Telstar 18V 10 Sep 2018 at 04:45 UT C 40 9 v1.2  
69 18076 Saocom 1A 8 Oct 2018 at 02:22 UT V 4E 9 v1.2  
70 18090 Es'hail 2sat_eshail_2 15 Nov 2018 at 20:46 UT C 39A 9 v1.2  

Notes: in the launch site column C stands for Cape Canaveral, K stands for Kwajalein Missile Range (Omelek island, Marshall Islands), V stands for Vandenberg.

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