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Falcon-9 v1.0

Falcon-9 v1.0
(Dragon-QU) [SpaceX]

Falcon-9 v1.0
(Dragon CRS2) [NASA]

Falcon-9 v1.0
(5.2 m fairing) [SpaceX]

Falcon-9 v1.0 is a liquid fueled orbital launch vehicle for medium sized missions, which is developed by SpaceX (Space Exploration Technologies Corp.). It is technologically based on the Falcon-1 launch vehicle. Both stages are Kerosene / LOX fueled.

The first stage, which is potentially reusable after recovery by parachutes, is powered by 9 of the SpaceX built Merlin-1C engines with regenerative cooling. The upper stage uses a single Merlin engine and will also be potentially reusable. The Falcon-9 is offered with a 5.2 m fairing.

Launch site for low inclination launches is Cape Canaveral launch pad SLC-40.

The Falcon-9 will also lift the Dragon space capsule for ISS cargo flights, which might be developed into a manned spacecraft.

The first flight for a Falcon-9 took place in June 2010. An improved version is called Falcon-9 v1.1(ex), which took over after the fifth launch.

Version Stage 1 Stage 2
Falcon-9 v1.0 Stage 1 / 9 × Merlin-1C Stage 2 / Merlin-1C-Vac
Performance (kg) LEO LPEO SSO GTO GEO MolO IP
Falcon-9 v1.0 9900 4050 -
No.  TypNo Type                    Date           LS          Payload 

 1    1    Falcon-9 v1.0           04.06.2010     CC SLC-40   Dragon Qualification Unit
 2    2    Falcon-9 v1.0           08.12.2010     CC SLC-40   Dragon C1 / SMDC-ONE 1 / QbX 1 / QbX 2 / Mayflower-Caerus / Perseus 000 / Perseus 001 /
                                                              Perseus 002 / Perseus 003
 3    3    Falcon-9 v1.0           22.05.2012     CC SLC-40   Dragon C2 / Celestis 11
 4    4    Falcon-9 v1.0           08.10.2012  p  CC SLC-40   Dragon CRS-1 / Orbcomm FM101
 5    5    Falcon-9 v1.0           01.03.2013     CC SLC-40   Dragon CRS-2


Failures:

Flight 4: One engine of stage one failed 80 sec into the flight, but vehicle was able to compensate for a successful primary mission;
          second burn before secondary payload release took not place


Launch sites:

CC  = Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Eastern Test Range, Cape Canaveral, Florida, USA USA