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Falcon 9 Block 4

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CEO: Elon Musk Founded: 2002 Successes: 64 Failures: 6 Pending: 41

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.

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Launch Vehicle


Falcon 9 Block 4

Configuration: Block 4
Family: Falcon

Vehicle Specifications


Falcon 9 Block 4
GTO: 8305
LEO: 22800
Length: 70.0 m
Diameter: 3.65 m
Launch Mass: 546k kg
Thurst: 6804 kN
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Astrophysics


The Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) is a NASA space telescope, designed to search for exoplanets using the transit method. TESS will identify planets ranging from Earth-sized to gas giants, orbiting a wide range of stellar types and orbital distances. The principal goal of the TESS mission is to detect small planets with bright host stars in the solar neighborhood, so that detailed characterizations of the planets and their atmospheres can be performed.

Launch Window


NET: April 18th 2018 - 22:51 UTC

Open: April 18th 2018 - 22:51 UTC

Close: April 18th 2018 - 22:52 UTC

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Cape Canaveral, FL, USA

Space Launch Complex 40, Cape Canaveral, FL