Falcon-Heavy (Block 5) (Arabsat 6A)
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 at Boca Chica near Brownsville, Texas, was also under construction, but this site has in 2018 been dedicated for the Starship development.
The first flight for a Falcon-Heavy was originally planned for 2014 from Vandenberg, but has been moved to Cape Canaveral in 2015, eventually delayed to early 2018. All subsequent rockets are the improved Falcon-Heavy (Block 5) series.
|Version||Strap-On||Stage 1||Stage 2|
|Falcon-Heavy (Block 5)||2 × Stage 1 (str., reusable) / 9 × Merlin-1D||Stage 1 (str., reusable) / 9 × Merlin-1D (upr.+)||Stage 2 (str.) / Merlin-1D-Vac (upr.+)|
|Falcon-Heavy (Block 5) (ex)||2 × Stage 1 (str.) / 9 × Merlin-1D (upr.+)||Stage 1 (str.) / 9 × Merlin-1D (upr.+)||Stage 2 (str.) / Merlin-1D-Vac (upr.+)|
|Falcon-Heavy (Block 5)||8000|
|Falcon-Heavy (Block 5) (ex)||63800||26700||16800|
No. TypNo Type Serial/Core Date LS Payload
71 1 Falcon-Heavy b5 B1055.1/52.1/53.1 11.04.2019 CCK LC-39A Arabsat 6A 75 2 Falcon-Heavy b5 B1057.1/52.2/53.2 25.06.2019 r CCK LC-39A DSX / FORMOSAT 7A / 7B / 7C / 7D / 7E / 7F / GPIM / OTB 1 / NPSat 1 / Oculus-ASR / Prox 1 / LightSail 2 / ARMADILLO / FalconSat 7 / E-TBEx A, B / PSat 2 / BRICSat 2 / Prometheus 2.6 / TEPCE 1, 2 / CP 9 (LEO) / StangSat planned launches: Falcon-Heavy b5 . xx.xx.202x CCK LC-39A Inmarsat TBD Falcon-Heavy b5 . xx.xx.202x CCK LC-39A ViaSat 3-TBD Falcon-Heavy b5 ? . xx.xx.2020 CCK LC-39A AFSPC 44 PL1 / AFSPC 44 PL2 Falcon-Heavy b5 . xx.xx.2021 CCK LC-39A AFSPC 52 F failure P partial failure p partial failure (prime payload in usable orbit) r recovery failure (prime mission successful) n no recovery attempted (only for recoverable missions) Failures: Flight 75: Stage 1 core stage landing failure Launch sites: CCK = NASA John F. Kennedy Space Center, Cape Canaveral, Florida, USA Va = Vandenberg AFB, California, USA