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Formosat 5

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Overview

Destination: Sun-Synchronous Orbit
Mission: Earth Science

Sun-Synchronous Orbit Space Launch Complex 4E Vandenberg SFB, CA, USA Probability: 90%
B1038 - Just Read the Instructions

Formosat 5 is an Earth observation satellite developed by the Taiwan's National Space Organization (NSPO). Weighing about 475 kg, it will reside in a sun-synchronous orbit at 720-km altitude.

Falcon 9

Family: Falcon
Configuration: Full Thrust

The Full Thrust variants first stage includes all systems necessary for an operational re-use of stages while the second stage is operated as an expendable rocket stage.

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Specifications
  • Stages
    2
  • Length
    71.0 m
  • Diameter
    3.65 m
  • Fairing Diameter
  • Launch Mass
    546 T
  • Thrust
    6804 kN
Family
  • Name
    Falcon 9
  • Family
    Falcon
  • Variant
    Full Thrust
  • Alias
  • Full Name
    Falcon 9 Full Thrust
Payload Capacity
  • Launch Cost
    $50000000
  • Low Earth Orbit
    22800 kg
  • Geostationary Transfer Orbit
    8305 kg
  • Direct Geostationary
  • Sun-Synchronous Capacity

Booster Info


B1038

Status: Expended


Type: Core
Flight Proven: No
First Flight: August 24, 2017
Last Flight: February 22, 2018
Flights: 2
Landings Attempted: 1
Landings Successful: 1

Landing Information

The first stage of the Falcon 9 landed on the ASDS, JRTI, stationed of the west coast.

Result: Successful Autonomous Spaceport Drone Ship landing at Just Read the Instructions.

SpaceX

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CEO: Elon Musk Founded: 2002 Successes: 188 Failures: 9 Pending: 80

Agency Type: Commercial

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 operates from many pads, on the East Coast of the US they operate from SLC-40 at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station and historic LC-39A at Kennedy Space Center. They also operate from SLC-4E at Vandenberg Space Force Base, California, usually for polar launches. Another launch site is being developed at Boca Chica, Texas.

INFO WIKI

Vandenberg SFB, CA, USA

Space Launch Complex 4E


Falcon 9
Success
16 hours, 26 minutes ago
Crew-5
Launch Complex 39A - Kennedy Space Center, FL, USA

SpaceX Crew-5 is the fifth crewed operational flight of a Crew Dragon spacecraft to the International Space Station as part of NASA's Commercial Crew…


Atlas V 531
Success
1 day, 10 hours ago
SES-20 & SES-21
Space Launch Complex 41 - Cape Canaveral, FL, USA

SES-20 & SES-21 are a pair of C-band communication satellites built by Boeing, using the highly efficient all-electric propulsion BSS-702SP satellite…


Firefly Alpha
Success
5 days, 1 hour ago
FLTA002 (To The Black)
Space Launch Complex 2W - Vandenberg SFB, CA, USA

Second test flight of the Firefly Alpha small sat launcher developed by Firefly Aerospace.


Long March 6
Success
1 week, 2 days ago
Shiyan 16 A/B & Shiyan 17
Launch Complex 16 - Taiyuan, People's Republic of China

3 Chinese classified satellites


Long March 2D
Success
1 week, 2 days ago
Yaogan 36
Launch Complex 3 ( LC-3 ) ( LA-1 ) - Xichang Satellite Launch Center, People's Republic of China

3 Chinese military reconnaissance satellites.


Falcon 9
Success
1 week, 4 days ago
Starlink Group 4-35
Space Launch Complex 40 - Cape Canaveral, FL, USA

A batch of 52 satellites for Starlink mega-constellation - SpaceX's project for space-based Internet communication system.


Kuaizhou
Success
1 week, 4 days ago
Shiyan 14 & Shiyan 15
Unknown Pad - Taiyuan, People's Republic of China

2 Chinese classified satellites.


Delta IV Heavy
Success
1 week, 4 days ago
NROL-91
Space Launch Complex 6 - Vandenberg SFB, CA, USA

Classified payload for the US National Reconnaissance Office (NRO).


Soyuz 2.1a
Success
2 weeks ago
Soyuz MS-22
31/6 - Baikonur Cosmodrome, Republic of Kazakhstan

Soyuz MS-22 will carry Roscosmos cosmonauts Sergei Prokopeyev, Dmitry Petelin and NASA astronaut Frank Rubio to the International Space Station aboar…


Long March 2D
Success
2 weeks, 1 day ago
Yunhai-1-03
Launch Area 4 (SLS-2 / 603) - Jiuquan, People's Republic of China

The Yunhai-1 satellite is designed for detecting environmental elements in the atmosphere and ocean, the space environment, disaster prevention and r…