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Falcon-9 v1.2 (Falcon-9FT)

Falcon-9 v1.2 (SES 9)
[SpaceX]

Falcon-9 v1.2 (Dragon CRS-8)
[SpaceX]

Falcon-9 v1.2 (Dragon v2)
[SpaceX]

Falcon-9 v1.2 or Falcon-9FT or Falcon-9 Upgrade is a liquid fueled orbital launch vehicle for medium sized missions, which is developed by SpaceX (Space Exploration Technologies Corp.). It is a improved version of the Falcon-9 v1.1(ex) launch vehicle with reusable first stage. Both stages are Kerosene / LOX fueled.

The Falcon-9 v1.2 is mostly identical to the Falcon-9 v1.1, but features some improvements. The Merlin-1D are uprated to provide thrust increased by 15%. Propellant densification is introduced to increase the fuel load and the upper stage tank volume is increased by 10%. This results in overall 30% increase in performance, alowing stage 1 recovery also on GTO launches.

The first stage, which is reusable after recovery by powered landing, is powered by 9 of the SpaceX built uprated Merlin-1D engines with regenerative cooling. 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 at Boca Chica near Brownsville, Texas, is also under consideration.

The Falcon-9 v1.2 also lifts the Dragon space capsule for ISS cargo flights, which will developed into a manned spacecraft.

The first mission of the Falcon-9 v1.2 performed a successful landing of the first stage on land. Some later flights might also use a floating barge for landing, if performance requires it.

Version Stage 1 Stage 2
Falcon-9 v1.2 (Falcon-9 v1.2) Stage 1 (str., reusable) / 9 × Merlin-1D (upr.) Stage 2 (str. +) / Merlin-1D-Vac (upr.)
Performance (kg) LEO LPEO SSO GTO GEO MolO IP
Falcon-9 v1.2 22800 8300 - 4020
No.  TypNo Type                    Date          LS          Payload 

20    1    Falcon-9 v1.2           22.12.2015    CC SLC-40   Orbcomm FM105 / FM108 / FM110 / FM112 / FM113 / FM114 / FM115 / FM116 / FM117 / FM118 / FM119
22    2    Falcon-9 v1.2           04.03.2016  r CC SLC-40   SES 9
23    3    Falcon-9 v1.2           08.04.2016    CC SLC-40   Dragon CRS-8 / BEAM⇑
24    4    Falcon-9 v1.2           06.05.2016    CC SLC-40   JCSat 14
25    5    Falcon-9 v1.2           27.05.2016    CC SLC-40   Thaicom 8 
26    6    Falcon-9 v1.2           15.06.2016  r CC SLC-40   Eutelsat 117 West B / ABS 2A
27    7    Falcon-9 v1.2           18.07.2016    CC SLC-40   Dragon CRS-9 / IDA 2⇑


planned launches: 

Note: several of the CC launches might launch from BC
      

28    8    Falcon-9 v1.2           xx.08.2016    CC SLC-40   JCSat 16
29    9    Falcon-9 v1.2           xx.08.2016    CC SLC-40   AMOS 6


           Falcon-9 v1.2           xx.xx.2017    CC or BC    ABS 8
           Falcon-9 v1.2           xx.xx.2016    CC SLC-40   BulgariaSat 1
           Falcon-9 v1.2           xx.11.2016    CC SLC-40   Dragon CRS-10 / SAGE 3⇑
           Falcon-9 v1.2           xx.xx.2017    CC SLC-40   Dragon CRS-11 / NICER⇑ / CREAM⇑
           Falcon-9 v1.2           xx.xx.2017    CC SLC-40   Dragon CRS-12
           Falcon-9 v1.2           xx.xx.2017    CC SLC-40   Dragon CRS-13
           Falcon-9 v1.2           xx.xx.2017    CC SLC-40   Dragon CRS-14 / IDA 3⇑
           Falcon-9 v1.2           xx.xx.2017    CC SLC-40   Dragon CRS-15
           Falcon-9 v1.2           xx.xx.201x    CC SLC-40   Dragon CRS-16
           Falcon-9 v1.2           xx.xx.201x    CC SLC-40   Dragon CRS-17
           Falcon-9 v1.2           xx.xx.201x    CC SLC-40   Dragon CRS-18
           Falcon-9 v1.2           xx.xx.201x    CC SLC-40   Dragon CRS-19
           Falcon-9 v1.2           xx.xx.201x    CC SLC-40   Dragon CRS-20
           Falcon-9 v1.2           xx.xx.20xx    CC SLC-40   Dragon CRS-xx
           Falcon-9 v1.2           xx.xx.20xx    CC SLC-40   Dragon CRS-xx
           Falcon-9 v1.2           xx.xx.20xx    CC SLC-40   Dragon CRS-xx
           Falcon-9 v1.2           xx.xx.20xx    CC SLC-40   Dragon CRS-xx
           Falcon-9 v1.2           xx.xx.20xx    CC SLC-40   Dragon CRS-xx
           Falcon-9 v1.2           xx.xx.20xx    CC SLC-40   Dragon CRS-xx
           Falcon-9 v1.2           xx.xx.2016    CC LC-39A   Dragon v2 1
           Falcon-9 v1.2           xx.xx.2017    CC LC-39A   Dragon v2 2
           Falcon-9 v1.2           xx.xx.201x    CC LC-39A   Dragon v2 3
           Falcon-9 v1.2           xx.xx.2016    CC SLC-40   DragonLab 1	
           Falcon-9 v1.2           xx.xx.2018    CC SLC-40   DragonLab 2
           Falcon-9 v1.2           xx.xx.2016    CC SLC-40   Echostar 23
           Falcon-9 v1.2           xx.xx.2016    CC SLC-40   Echostar 105/SES 11
           Falcon-9 v1.2           xx.xx.2016    CC SLC-40   Es'hail 2
           Falcon-9 v1.2           xx.xx.2018    CC or BC    Eutelsat-Quantum
           Falcon-9 v1.2           xx.xx.2016    Va SLC-4E   FORMOSAT 5 / eXCITe / Arkyd 6 / EcAMSat / Aalto 1 / CNUSail 1 / DIDO 1 / ISARA / KAUSAT 5 / SIGMA /
                                                             LMPC / CANYVAL-X 1 / CANYVAL-X 2 / OCSD B / OCSD C / ³Cat 1 / Fox 1C / Fox 1D / Nayif 1 /
                                                             ROBUSTA 1B / STEP Cube Lab / skCUBE / SUCHAI / CubeSats
           Falcon-9 v1.2           xx.xx.2018    CC SLC-40   GPS-3 2
           Falcon-9 v1.2           xx.xx.2017    CC SLC-40   Hispasat 30W-6 
           Falcon-9 v1.2           xx.07.2016    Va SLC-4E   Iridium-NEXT 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 6 / 7 / 8 / 9 / 10
           Falcon-9 v1.2           xx.10.2016    Va SLC-4E   Iridium-NEXT 11 / 12 / 13 / 14 / 15 / 16 / 17 / 18 / 19 / 20
           Falcon-9 v1.2           xx.xx.2016    Va SLC-4E   Iridium-NEXT 21 / 22 / 23 / 24 / 25 / 26 / 27 / 28 / 29 / 30
           Falcon-9 v1.2           xx.xx.2017    Va SLC-4E   Iridium-NEXT 31 / 32 / 33 / 34 / 35 / 36 / 37 / 38 / 39 / 40
           Falcon-9 v1.2           xx.xx.2017    Va SLC-4E   Iridium-NEXT 41 / 42 / 43 / 44 / 45 / 46 / 47 / 48 / 49 / 50
           Falcon-9 v1.2           xx.xx.2017    Va SLC-4E   Iridium-NEXT 51 / 52 / 53 / 54 / 55 / 56 / 57 / 58 / 59 / 60
           Falcon-9 v1.2           xx.xx.2017    Va SLC-4E   Iridium-NEXT 61 / 62 / 63 / 64 / 65 / 66 / 67 / 68 / 69 / 70
           Falcon-9 v1.2           xx.11.2016    CC SLC-40   Koreasat 5A
           Falcon-9 v1.2           xx.xx.2017    CC SLC-40   NROL 76
           Falcon-9 v1.2           xx.xx.2017    CC SLC-40   PSN 6 / ?
           Falcon-9 v1.2           xx.xx.2018    Va SLC-4E   Radarsat Constellation 1 / Radarsat Constellation 2 / Radarsat Constellation 3
           Falcon-9 v1.2           xx.xx.2017    Va SLC-4E   SAOCOM 1A
           Falcon-9 v1.2           xx.xx.2018    Va SLC-4E   SAOCOM 1B / SAOCOM-CS / SARE-1B 1 / SARE-1B 2 / SARE-1B 3 / SARE-1B 4
           Falcon-9 v1.2           xx.xx.2018    Va SLC-4E   SARah 1
           Falcon-9 v1.2           xx.xx.2019    Va SLC-4E   SARah 2 / SARah 3
           Falcon-9 v1.2           xx.xx.2016    CC SLC-40   SES 10
           Falcon-9 v1.2           xx.xx.2017    CC SLC-40   SES 14/GOLD
           Falcon-9 v1.2           xx.xx.2017    CC SLC-40   SES 16/GovSat
           Falcon-9 v1.2           xx.xx.2017    CC SLC-40   TESS (Astro-EX 1)
           Falcon-9 v1.2           xx.xx.20xx    CC SLC-40   (Bigelow)
           Falcon-9 v1.2           xx.xx.2017    Va SLC-4E   SpaceIL Lunar Lander / (Spaceflight multi-satellite)


↑ = 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


Launch sites:

BC  = Boca Chica Beach, Boca Chica, Texas, USA USA
CC  = Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Eastern Test Range, Cape Canaveral, Florida, USA USA
Va  = Vandenberg AFB, California, USA USA