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Falcon-Heavy (Block 5)(px)

Falcon-Heavy (Block 5)(px) (USSF 44)

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) (px) 2 × Stage 1 (str., reusable) / 9 × Merlin-1D 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) (px)
No.  TypNo Type                 Serial/Core         Date          LS          Payload 

187   1    Falcon-Heavy b5(px)  B1066.1/64.1/65.1   01.11.2022     CCK LC-39A  Shepherd Demonstration (USA 339) / LDPE 2 / Tetra 1 / Alpine / LINUSS 1, 2 / USA 344
201   2    Falcon-Heavy b5(px)  B1070.1/64.2/65.2   15.01.2023     CCK LC-39A  CBAS 2 (USA 342) / LDPE 3A (USSF 67)
249   3    Falcon-Heavy b5(px)  B1074.1/64.3/65.3   29.07.2023     CCK LC-39A  Jupiter 3 (EchoStar 24)
270   4    Falcon-Heavy b5(px)  B1079.1/64.4/65.4   13.10.2023     CCK LC-39A  Psyche (Discovery 14)
293   5    Falcon-Heavy b5(px)  B1084.1/64.5/65.5   29.12.2023     CCK LC-39A  X-37B OTV-7 (USA 349, USSF 52)

planned launches: 

           Falcon-Heavy b5(px)  B1087.1/72.1/86.1   xx.06.2024     CCK LC-39A  GOES U
           Falcon-Heavy b5(px)  .                   xx.xx.2026     CCK LC-39A  GPS-3F 1
           Falcon-Heavy b5(px)  .                   xx.10.2026     CCK LC-39A  NGRST (WFIRST)
           Falcon-Heavy b5(px)  .                   xx.xx.202x     CCK LC-39A  USSF 70
           Falcon-Heavy b5(px)  .                   xx.xx.202x     CCK LC-39A  USSF 75

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)


Flight 75: Stage 1 core stage landing failure

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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