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Falcon-9 v1.2 (Block 5) IFA (Falcon-9FT (Block 5) IFA)

Falcon-9 v1.2 (Crew Dragon DM-1)
[Nathan Barker /]

Falcon-9 v1.2 Block 5 IFA or Falcon-9FT Block 5 IFA or Falcon-9 Upgrade Block 5 IFA is a derivative of the orbital Falcon-9 v1.2 (Block 5) launcher for the suborbital in-flight abort (IFA) test of the Crew Dragon capsule.

This version uses a previously flown core without recovery equipment and a second stage featuring a dummy mass instead of the engine, but otherwise is identical to the standard version.

The rocket will be used to test the escape system of the Crew Dragon capsule in flight during the most demanding escape scenario under maximum aeodynamic pressure. The rocket will be destroyed by aerodynamic forces after the capsule has fired the escape system.

Version Stage 1 Stage 2
Falcon-9 v1.2 IFA (Falcon-9FT IFA) Stage 1 (str.) / 9 × Merlin-1D (upr.+) Stage 2 (str.) / no engine
Performance (kg) LEO LPEO SSO GTO GEO MolO IP
Falcon-9 v1.2 - - - - - - -
No.  TypNo Type                 Serial/Core         Date          LS          Payload 

 82   1    Falcon-9 v1.2b5 IFA  B1046.4             19.01.2020 *   CCK LC-39A  Crew Dragon In-Flight Abort Test

Launch sites:

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

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