Falcon-9 v1.1 (Dragon CRS-3)
Falcon-9 v1.1 (Jason 3)
Falcon-9 v1.1 is a liquid fueled orbital launch vehicle for medium sized missions, which is developed by SpaceX (Space Exploration Technologies Corp.). It is a version of the Falcon-9 v1.1(ex) launch vehicle with reusable first stage. Both stages are Kerosene / LOX fueled.
The Falcon-9 v1.1 is mostly identical to the Falcon-9 v1.1, but features deployable landing legs 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 at Boca Chica near Brownsville, Texas, was also under construction, but this site has in 2018 been dedicated for the Starship development.
The Falcon-9 v1.1 also lifts the Dragon space capsule for ISS cargo flights, which will developed into a crewed spacecraft.
The initial flights will land in the ocean until precission landing has been proven by the Falcon-9R-Dev ("Grasshopper-2") demonstration vehicle. Landing in the water causes loss of the stage. The first landing on a barge was tried on the Dragon CRS-5 mission, but failed.
|Version||Stage 1||Stage 2|
|Falcon-9 v1.1||Stage 1 (str., legs) / 9 × Merlin-1D||Stage 2 / Merlin-1D-Vac|
No. TypNo Type Serial/Core Date LS Payload
9 1 Falcon-9 v1.1 . 18.04.2014 n CC SLC-40 Dragon CRS-3 / OPALS⇑ / HDEV⇑ / ALL-STAR/THEIA / KickSat 1 / SporeSat 1 / TSAT / PhoneSat 2.5 / 104 Sprites 10 2 Falcon-9 v1.1 . 14.07.2014 n CC SLC-40 Orbcomm FM103 / FM104 / FM106 / FM107 / FM109 / FM111 / Orbcomm-OG2 Mass Simulator 14 3 Falcon-9 v1.1 . 10.01.2015 r CC SLC-40 Dragon CRS-5 / CATS⇑ / Flock-1d' 1↑ / Flock-1d' 2↑ / AESP-14↑ 15 4 Falcon-9 v1.1 . 11.02.2015 n CC SLC-40 DSCOVR 17 5 Falcon-9 v1.1 . 14.04.2015 r CC SLC-40 Dragon CRS-6 / Flock-1e 1, ..., 14↑ / Arkyd 3-Reflight↑ / Centennial 1↑ 19 6 Falcon-9 v1.1 . 28.06.2015 F CC SLC-40 Dragon CRS-7 / IDA 1⇑ / Flock-1f 1, ..., 8↑ 21 7 Falcon-9 v1.1 . 17.01.2016 r Va SLC-4E Jason 3 ↑ = 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 9: Stage 1 intentionally not recovered Flight 10: Stage 1 intentionally not recovered Flight 14: Stage 1 landed hard on recovery attempt Flight 15: Stage 1 intentionally not recovered Flight 17: Stage 1 landed hard on recovery attempt Flight 19: Vehicle broke up 2 min 19 sec into the flight due to stage 2 overpressure problem Flight 21: Stage 1 landed hard on recovery attempt Launch sites: CC = Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Eastern Test Range, Cape Canaveral, Florida, USA Va = Vandenberg AFB, California, USA