Falcon-9 is a liquid fueled orbital launch vehicle for medium to heavy sized missions, which is currently under development at SpaceX (Space Exploration Technologies Corp.). It is techonologically based on the Falcon-1 launch vehicle. Both stages are Kerosene / LOX fueled.
The first stage, which will be reusable after recovery by powered landing, is to be powered by 9 of the SpaceX built Merlin-1C engines with regenerative cooling. The upper stage will use a single Merlin engine and will also be reusable. The Falcon-Heavy is offered with a 5.2 m fairing.
High inclination launches will launch from Vandenberg AFB. Launch site for low inclination launches is the former Shuttle pad at Cape Canaveral, LC-39A. An additional launch site near Brownsville, Texas, is also under consideration.
The first flight for a Falcon-Heavy was originally planned for 2014 from Vandenberg, but has been moved to Cape Canveral in 2015.
|Version||Strap-On||Stage 1||Stage 2|
|Falcon-Heavy||2 × Stage 1 (str., reusable) / 9 × Merlin-1D||Stage 1 (str., reusable) / 9 × Merlin-1D||Stage 2 (str.) / Merlin-1D-Vac|
|Falcon-Heavy (ex)||2 × Stage 1 (str.) / 9 × Merlin-1D||Stage 1 (str.) / 9 × Merlin-1D||Stage 2 (str.) / Merlin-1D-Vac|
No. TypNo Type Serial/Core Date LS Payload
none planned launches: Note: several of the CC launches might launch from BC Falcon-Heavy . xx.xx.2018 CCK LC-39A ArabSat 6A Falcon-Heavy . xx.xx.2018 CCK LC-39A DSX / FORMOSAT 7A / 7B / 7C / 7D / 7E / 7F / GPIM / OTB 1 / FalconSat 6 / NPSat 1 / Oculus-ASR / Prox 1 / LightSail B / ARMADILLO / FalconSat 7 / TBEx A / TBEx B / Prometheus 2.2 / 2.4 / 2.5 / 2.6 / 2.7 / 2.8 / 2.9 / 2.10 / PSat 2 / BRICSat 2 / TEPCE 1 / TEPCE 2 / CP 9 (LEO) / StangSat / DOTSI / CNGB / Ballast Falcon-Heavy . xx.xx.2018 CCK LC-39A Lunar Dragon 1 Falcon-Heavy . xx.xx.2018 CCK LC-39A Red Dragon Falcon-Heavy . xx.xx.202x CCK LC-39A ViaSat 3-TBD 1 Falcon-Heavy B1033-1/23-2/25-2 xx.xx.2017 CCK LC-39A (Dummy) ? Launch sites: BC = Boca Chica Beach, Boca Chica, Texas, USA CCK = NASA John F. Kennedy Space Center, Cape Canaveral, Florida, USA Va = Vandenberg AFB, California, USA