SpaceX

Falcon 9 Block 5

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CEO: Elon Musk Founded: 2002 Successes: 73 Failures: 6 Pending: 35

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 5

Configuration: Block 5
Family: Falcon

Falcon 9 is a two-stage rocket designed and manufactured by SpaceX for the reliable and safe transport of satellites and the Dragon spacecraft into orbit. The Block 5 variant is the fifth major interval aimed at improving upon the ability for rapid reusability.

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Communications


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 eighth 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.

Launch Window


NET: January 11th 2019 - 15:31 UTC

Instantaneous launch window.

B1049


Type: Core
Flight Proven: Yes
Successful Landing

The booster will attempt a landing on Just Read the Instructions in the Pacific Ocean.


Watch the Launch



Vandenberg AFB, CA, USA

Space Launch Complex 4E, Vandenberg AFB, CA