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Falcon-9 v1.1

Falcon-9 v1.1 (Dragon CRS-3)
[SpaceX]

Falcon-9 v1.1 (Jason 3)
[SpaceX]

Falcon-9 v1.1 is a liquid fueled orbital launch vehicle for medium sized missions, which is developed by SpaceX (Space Exploration Technologies Corp.). It is a version of the Falcon-9 v1.1(ex) launch vehicle with reusable first stage. Both stages are Kerosene / LOX fueled.

The Falcon-9 v1.1 is mostly identical to the Falcon-9 v1.1, but features deployable landing legs in stage 1.

The first stage, which is potentially reusable after recovery by powered landing, is powered by 9 of the SpaceX built Merlin-1D 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. High inclination launches are performed from Vandenberg AFB launch pad SLC-4E. An additional launch site near Brownsville, Texas, is also under consideration.

The Falcon-9 v1.1 also lifts the Dragon space capsule for ISS cargo flights, which will developed into a manned spacecraft.

The initial flights will land in the ocean until precission landing has been proven by the Falcon-9R-Dev ("Grasshopper-2") demonstration vehicle. Landing in the water causes loss of the stage. The first landing on a barge was tried on the Dragon CRS-5 mission, but failed.

Version Stage 1 Stage 2
Falcon-9 v1.1 Stage 1 (str., legs) / 9 × Merlin-1D Stage 2 / Merlin-1D-Vac
Performance (kg) LEO LPEO SSO GTO GEO MolO IP
Falcon-9 v1.1 -
No.  TypNo Type               Serial/Core         Date          LS          Payload 

 9    1    Falcon-9 v1.1      .                   18.04.2014  n  CC SLC-40   Dragon CRS-3 / OPALS⇑ / HDEV⇑ / ALL-STAR/THEIA / KickSat 1 / SporeSat 1 /
                                                                             TSAT / PhoneSat 2.5 /104 Sprites
10    2    Falcon-9 v1.1      .                   14.07.2014  n  CC SLC-40   Orbcomm FM103 / FM104 / FM106 / FM107 / FM109 / FM111 /
                                                                             Orbcomm-OG2 Mass Simulator 
14    3    Falcon-9 v1.1      .                   10.01.2015  r  CC SLC-40   Dragon CRS-5 / CATS⇑ / Flock-1d' 1↑ / Flock-1d' 2↑ / AESP-14↑
15    4    Falcon-9 v1.1      .                   11.02.2015  n  CC SLC-40   DSCOVR
17    5    Falcon-9 v1.1      .                   14.04.2015  r  CC SLC-40   Dragon CRS-6 / Flock-1e 1, ..., 14↑ / Arkyd 3-Reflight↑ / Centennial 1↑
19    6    Falcon-9 v1.1      .                   28.06.2015  F  CC SLC-40   Dragon CRS-7 / IDA 1⇑ / Flock-1f 1, ..., 8↑
21    7    Falcon-9 v1.1      .                   17.01.2016  r  Va SLC-4E   Jason 3


↑ = deployed via ISS airlock
⇑ = non free-flyer payload to be attached to the ISS

F       failure
P       partial failure
p       partial failure (prime payload in usable orbit)
r       recovery failure (prime mission successful)
n       recovery not attempted


Failures:

Flight 14: Stage 1 landed hard on recovery attempt
Flight 17: Stage 1 landed hard on recovery attempt
Flight 19: Vehicle broke up 2 min 19 sec into the flight due to stage 2 overpressure problem
Flight 21: Stage 1 landed hard on recovery attempt


Launch sites:

CC  = Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Eastern Test Range, Cape Canaveral, Florida, USA USA
Va  = Vandenberg AFB, California, USA USA