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Falcon 9

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CEO: Elon Musk Founded: 2002 Successes: 63 Failures: 6 Pending: 42

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

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.

Vehicle Specifications


Falcon 9 Block 5
GTO: 8300
LEO: 22800
Length: 70.0 m
Diameter: 3.65 m
Launch Mass: 549k kg
Thurst: 7600 kN
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Communications


The SAOCOM 1A spacecraft is the first of the two SAOCOM constellation satellites. It is tasked with hydrology and land observaion, and will also operate jointly with the Italian COSMO-SkyMed constellation in X-band to provide frequent information relevant for emergency management.

Launch Window


NET: October 8th 2018 - 02:21 UTC

Open: October 8th 2018 - 02:21 UTC

Close: October 8th 2018 - 02:21 UTC

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Vandenberg AFB, CA, USA

Space Launch Complex 4E, Vandenberg AFB, CA