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Falcon 9 Full Thrust

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CEO: Elon Musk Founded: 2002 Successes: 70 Failures: 6 Pending: 39

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 Full Thrust

Configuration: Full Thrust
Family: Falcon

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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Resupply


SpaceX launched the Dragon spacecraft on their eighth operational cargo delivery mission to the International Space Station. Among the cargo was the Bigelow Aerospace’s BEAM module, which was attached to the station and will stay so for 2 years. BEAM is an expandable habitat module that will undergo tests to determine its worthiness during the stay. The flight was conducted under the Commercial Resupply Services contract with NASA.

Launch Window


NET: April 8th 2016 - 20:43 UTC

Instantaneous launch window.

B1021


Type: Core
Flight Proven: No
Successful Landing

The first stage of the Falcon 9 landed on the ASDS, OCISLY stationed off of the East Coast. Marking the first successful barge landing!


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Cape Canaveral, FL, USA

Space Launch Complex 40, Cape Canaveral, FL