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Falcon 9 v1.0

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CEO: Elon Musk Founded: 2002 Successes: 64 Failures: 6 Pending: 41

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 v1.0

Configuration: v1.0
Family: Falcon

The Falcon 9 v1.0 first stage was used on the first five Falcon 9 launches, and powered by nine SpaceX Merlin 1C rocket engines arranged in a 3x3 pattern.

Vehicle Specifications


Falcon 9 v1.0
GTO: 3400
LEO: 9300
Length: 52.0 m
Diameter: 3.65 m
Launch Mass: 318k kg
Thurst: 3807 kN
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Test Flight


The Dragon Spacecraft Qualification Unit was a boilerplate version of the Dragon spacecraft. After using it for ground tests to rate Dragon's shape and mass in various tests, SpaceX launched it into low Earth orbit on the maiden flight of the Falcon 9 rocket. SpaceX used the launch to evaluate the aerodynamic conditions on the spacecraft and performance of the carrier rocket in a real-world launch scenario, ahead of Dragon flights for NASA under the Commercial Orbital Transportation Services program.

Launch Window


NET: June 4th 2010 - 18:45 UTC

Open: June 4th 2010 - 18:45 UTC

Close: June 4th 2010 - 18:45 UTC

Watch the Launch



Cape Canaveral, FL, USA

Space Launch Complex 40, Cape Canaveral, FL


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Videos

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H6hYEqrP56I

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