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Falcon-9 v1.1(ex)

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 crewed 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
Performance (kg) LEO LPEO SSO GTO GEO MolO IP
Falcon-9 v1.1(ex) 10450 9000 8159 4850 - 2473
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 USA
Va  = Vandenberg Air Force Base, California, USA USA

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