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Falcon-9 v1.1(ex)

Falcon-9 v1.1(ex) (CASSIOPE)
[SpaceX]

Falcon-9 v1.1(ex) (Dragon CRS-4)
[NASA]

Falcon-9 v1.1(ex) is a liquid fueled orbital launch vehicle for medium sized missions, which is developed by SpaceX (Space Exploration Technologies Corp.). It is an improved version of the Falcon-9 v1.0 launch vehicle. Both stages are Kerosene / LOX fueled. This version is not equipped with legs for recovery.

The Falcon-9 v1.1 features stretched stages and rearranged engines 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 will also lift the Dragon space capsule for ISS cargo flights, which will be developed into a manned spacecraft.

With the advent of the recoverable Falcon-9 v1.1, the non-reusable Falcon-9 v1.1(ex) will be employed only for missions requiring a higher performance.

Version Stage 1 Stage 2
Falcon-9 v1.1(ex) Stage 1 (str.) / 9 × Merlin-1D Stage 2 / Merlin-1D-Vac
Performance (kg) LEO LPEO SSO GTO GEO MolO IP
Falcon-9 v1.1(ex) 10450 9000 8159 4850 - 2473
No.  TypNo Type                    Date           LS          Payload 

 6    1    Falcon-9 v1.1(ex)       29.09.2013     Va SLC-4E   CASSIOPE 1 / CUSat / DANDE / POPACS 1 / POPACS 2 / POPACS 3
 7    2    Falcon-9 v1.1(ex)       03.12.2013     CC SLC-40   SES 8
 8    3    Falcon-9 v1.1(ex)       06.01.2014     CC SLC-40   Thaicom 6 
11    4    Falcon-9 v1.1(ex)       05.08.2014     CC SLC-40   AsiaSat 8
12    5    Falcon-9 v1.1(ex)       07.09.2014     CC SLC-40   AsiaSat 6
13    6    Falcon-9 v1.1(ex)       21.09.2014     CC SLC-40   Dragon CRS-4 / RapidScat⇑ / SpinSat↑
16    7    Falcon-9 v1.1(ex)       02.03.2015     CC SLC-40   ABS 3A / Eutelsat 115 West B
18    8    Falcon-9 v1.1(ex)       27.04.2015     CC SLC-40   TürkmenÄlem 52E


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


Launch sites:

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