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Falcon 9 Block 5

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CEO: Elon Musk Founded: 2002 Successes: 70 Failures: 6 Pending: 38

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


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

Instantaneous launch window.

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Type: Core
Flight Proven: Yes
Successful Landing

The first stage of the Falcon 9 rocket landed at LZ-4. This was the first attempt of an RTLS at Vandenberg.


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Vandenberg AFB, CA, USA

Space Launch Complex 4E, Vandenberg AFB, CA