Falcon-9 v1.1(ex) (CASSIOPE)
Falcon-9 v1.1(ex) (Dragon CRS-4)
Falcon-9 v1.1(ex) is a liquid fueled orbital launch vehicle for medium sized missions, which is developed by SpaceX (Space Exploration Technologies Corp.). It is an improved version of the Falcon-9 v1.0 launch vehicle. Both stages are Kerosene / LOX fueled. This version is not equipped with legs for recovery.
The Falcon-9 v1.1 features stretched stages and rearranged engines 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 will also lift the Dragon space capsule for ISS cargo flights, which will be developed into a manned spacecraft.
With the advent of the recoverable Falcon-9 v1.1, the non-reusable Falcon-9 v1.1(ex) will be employed only for missions requiring a higher performance.
|Version||Stage 1||Stage 2|
|Falcon-9 v1.1(ex)||Stage 1 (str.) / 9 × Merlin-1D||Stage 2 / Merlin-1D-Vac|
No. TypNo Type Date LS Payload
No. TypNo Type Serial/Core Date LS Payload
6 1 Falcon-9 v1.1(ex) . 29.09.2013 Va SLC-4E CASSIOPE 1 / CUSat / DANDE / POPACS 1 / POPACS 2 / POPACS 3 7 2 Falcon-9 v1.1(ex) . 03.12.2013 CC SLC-40 SES 8 8 3 Falcon-9 v1.1(ex) . 06.01.2014 CC SLC-40 Thaicom 6 11 4 Falcon-9 v1.1(ex) . 05.08.2014 CC SLC-40 AsiaSat 8 12 5 Falcon-9 v1.1(ex) . 07.09.2014 CC SLC-40 AsiaSat 6 13 6 Falcon-9 v1.1(ex) . 21.09.2014 CC SLC-40 Dragon CRS-4 / RapidScat⇑ / SpinSat↑ 16 7 Falcon-9 v1.1(ex) . 02.03.2015 CC SLC-40 ABS 3A / Eutelsat 115 West B 18 8 Falcon-9 v1.1(ex) . 27.04.2015 CC SLC-40 TürkmenÄlem 52E ↑ = deployed via ISS airlock ⇑ = non free-flyer payload to be attached to the ISS Launch sites: CC = Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Eastern Test Range, Cape Canaveral, Florida, USA Va = Vandenberg AFB, California, USA