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Falcon 9 Full Thrust

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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.

Vehicle Specifications


Falcon 9 Full Thrust
GTO: 8305
LEO: 22800
Length: 70.0 m
Diameter: 3.65 m
Launch Mass: 546k kg
Thurst: 6804 kN
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Communications


Thaicom 8 will be launched into a geostationary transfer orbit (GTO) on a Falcon 9 Full Trust for a 30 days testing phase following a in orbit burn of the satellite propulsion system to put the spacecraft into a geosynchronous orbit (GSO)at 78.5 degrees east longitude. Where Thaicom 8 will provide broadcast and data services for up to 15 years. The Falcon 9 first stage will test a experimental ballistic landing off the coast where it is schedule to land on the Autonomous Spaceport Drone Ship (ASDS). Even if the landing fails the knowledge learned from the attempt will help for future missions.

Launch Window


NET: May 27th 2016 - 21:39 UTC

Open: May 27th 2016 - 21:39 UTC

Close: May 27th 2016 - 23:39 UTC

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Cape Canaveral, FL, USA

Space Launch Complex 40, Cape Canaveral, FL