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U.S./German GRACE-FO Launches Aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9

3-2-1 liftoff of Falcon 9 with GRACE-FO! The Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment Follow-on, or GRACE-FO, a collaboration between NASA and German Research...

Iridium-6/GRACE-FO Mission

SpaceX is targeting launch of Iridium-6/GRACE-FO on Tuesday, May 22 from Space Launch Complex 4E (SLC-4E) at Vandenberg Air Force Base, California. The insta...

GRACE-FO Launches Aboard SpaceX Falcon 9

The Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment Follow-on (GRACE-FO) spacecraft launches from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California on May 22, 2018, aboard a S...

Iridium-6 & GRACE-FO

Overview

Destination: Low Earth Orbit
Mission: Communications

Low Earth Orbit Space Launch Complex 4E Vandenberg SFB, CA, USA Probability: 90%

SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket will deliver 10 satellites to low Earth orbit for Iridium, a global leader in mobile voice and data satellite communications. This is the sixth set of 10 satellites in a series of 75 total satellites that SpaceX will launch for Iridium’s next generation global satellite constellation, Iridium® NEXT. Sharing this launch is the Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment Follow-on mission, which is a joint project of NASA and the German Research Centre for Geosciences. It's goal is to track Earth's water movement to monitor changes in underground water storage, the amount of water in large lakes and rivers, soil moisture, ice sheets and glaciers, and sea level caused by the addition of water to the ocean.

Falcon 9

Family: Falcon
Configuration: Block 4

The Full Thrust variants first stage includes all systems necessary for an operational re-use of stages while the second stage is operated as an expendable rocket stage.

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Specifications
  • Stages
    2
  • Length
    71.0 m
  • Diameter
    3.65 m
  • Fairing Diameter
  • Launch Mass
    546 T
  • Thrust
    6804 kN
Family
  • Name
    Falcon 9
  • Family
    Falcon
  • Variant
    Block 4
  • Alias
  • Full Name
    Falcon 9 Block 4
Payload Capacity
  • Launch Cost
    $50,000,000
  • Low Earth Orbit
    22800 kg
  • Geostationary Transfer Orbit
    8305 kg
  • Direct Geostationary
  • Sun-Synchronous Capacity

Booster Info


B1043

Status: Expended


Type: Core
Flight Proven: Yes
First Flight: January 8, 2018
Last Flight: May 22, 2018
Flights: 2
Landings Attempted: 1
Landings Successful: 1
Previous B1043 Flights

Landing Information

Core will be expended.

SpaceX

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CEO: Elon Musk Founded: 2002 Successes: 135 Failures: 9 Pending: 52

Agency Type: Commercial

Space Exploration Technologies Corp., known as SpaceX, is an American aerospace manufacturer and space transport services company headquartered in Hawthorne, California. It was founded in 2002 by entrepreneur Elon Musk with the goal of reducing space transportation costs and enabling the colonization of Mars. SpaceX has many pads, on the East Coast of the US they own SLC-40 at Cape Canaveral and LC-39A at the Kennedy Space Center for their lower inclination launches. They also own SLC-4E at Vandenberg, California for their high inclination launches. Another site is also being developed at Boca Chica, Texas.

INFO WIKI

Vandenberg SFB, CA, USA

Space Launch Complex 4E


Nuri
Failure
1 day, 14 hours ago
Flight Test
LC-2 - Naro Space Center, South Korea

Maiden flight of the KSLV-II "Nuri" launch vehicle, carrying a dummy Payload of 1500 kg to sun-synchronous orbit.


Atlas V 401
Success
6 days, 13 hours ago
Lucy
Space Launch Complex 41 - Cape Canaveral, FL, USA

Lucy is the first mission to explore and study Trojan asteroids. The Trojans are a type of asteroids that orbit the Sun in two groups, in front of an…


Long March 2
Success
1 week ago
Shenzhou 13
Launch Area 4 (SLS-1 / 921) - Jiuquan, People's Republic of China

Second crewed flight to the Chinese Tiangong space station carrying Zhai Zhigang, commander, Wang Yaping and Ye Guangfu, operators, on their second, …


Long March 2D
Success
1 week, 1 day ago
Xihe (CHASE)
Launch Complex 9 - Taiyuan, People's Republic of China

Xihe, also known as the Chinese Hα Solar Explorer (CHASE), is designed to test a newly developed satellite platform and conduct solar observations. T…


Soyuz 2.1b
Success
1 week, 1 day ago
OneWeb 11
Cosmodrome Site 1S - Vostochny Cosmodrome, Siberia, Russian Federation

A batch of 36 satellites for the OneWeb satellite constellation, which is intended to provide global Internet broadband service for individual consum…


New Shepard
Success
1 week, 2 days ago
NS-18
West Texas Suborbital Launch Site/ Corn Ranch - Corn Ranch, USA

NS-18 is the second crewed New Shepard flight, carrying 4 paying customers.


Soyuz 2.1a
Success
2 weeks, 3 days ago
Soyuz MS-19
31/6 - Baikonur Cosmodrome, Republic of Kazakhstan

Soyuz mission launching from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan and carrying Roscosmos cosmonaut Anton Shkaplerov as well as the Challenge movie c…


Atlas V 401
Success
3 weeks, 4 days ago
Landsat 9
Space Launch Complex 3E - Vandenberg SFB, CA, USA

Landsat 9 is a partnership between NASA and the U.S. Geological Survey to continue the Landsat program's critical role in monitoring, understanding a…


Long March 3
Success
3 weeks, 4 days ago
Shiyan 10
Launch Complex 3 ( LC-3 ) ( LA-1 ) - Xichang Satellite Launch Center, People's Republic of China

Classified test satellite which suffered an anomaly during launch. The launch vehicle has not been confirmed to be responsible for the failure.


Kuaizhou
Success
3 weeks, 4 days ago
Jilin-1-02D
Unknown Pad - Jiuquan, People's Republic of China

Jilin-1 is a series of Chinese commercial remote sensing satellites.