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Falcon-Heavy (Block 5)(ex)

Falcon-Heavy (Block 5) (ex) (ViaSat 3.1)

Falcon-9 is a liquid fueled orbital launch vehicle for medium to heavy sized missions, which was developed at 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 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) (ex) 2 × Stage 1 (str.) / 9 × Merlin-1D (upr.+) Stage 1 (str.) / 9 × Merlin-1D (upr.+) Stage 2 (str.) / Merlin-1D-Vac (upr.+)
Performance (kg) LEO LPEO SSO GTO GEO MolO IP
Falcon-Heavy (Block 5) (ex) 63800 26700 16800
No.  TypNo Type                 Serial/Core         Date          LS          Payload 

226   1    Falcon-Heavy b5(ex)  B1068.1/53.3/52.8   01.05.2023     CCK LC-39A  ViaSat 3.1 / Arcturus / G-Space 1

planned launches: 

           Falcon-Heavy b5(ex)  .                   xx.10.2024     CCK LC-39A  Europa Clipper
           Falcon-Heavy b5(Ex)  .                   xx.xx.2024     CCK LC-39A  PPE/HALO

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)


Launch sites:

CCK = NASA John F. Kennedy Space Center, Cape Canaveral, Florida, USA USA
Va  = Vandenberg Air Force Base, California, USA USA

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