Falcon 9 Block 5

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CEO: Elon Musk Founded: 2002 Successes: 74 Failures: 6 Pending: 34

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.


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.


Dedicated Rideshare

Dedicated rideshare launching payloads into sun-synchronous orbit. Payloads include ORS-6, EU:CROPIS, STPSat-5, BlackSky Global-1 to -4, HawkEye Pathfinder 1-3, Iceye, NEXTSat-1, 2 SkySats, Centauri II, and a Flock of Doves.

Launch Window

NET: December 3rd 2018 - 18:34 UTC

Launch Window

Open: December 3rd 2018 - 18:32 UTC

Close: December 3rd 2018 - 19:00 UTC


Type: Core
Flight Proven: Yes
Successful Landing

The first stage of the Falcon 9 successfully landed on the ASDS, JRTI, stationed off the west coast. This was the third successful landing of B1046.

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Vandenberg AFB, CA, USA

Space Launch Complex 4E, Vandenberg AFB, CA




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