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Dragon Spacecraft Qualification Unit (DSQU)

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Overview

Destination: Low Earth Orbit
Mission: Test Flight

Low Earth Orbit Space Launch Complex 40 Cape Canaveral, FL, USA
B0003 - Atlantic Ocean

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.

Falcon 9

Family:
Configuration: v1.0

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.

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Specifications
  • Stages
    2
  • Length
    47.8 m
  • Diameter
    3.65 m
  • Fairing Diameter
  • Launch Mass
    318 T
  • Thrust
    3807 kN
Family
  • Name
    Falcon 9
  • Family
  • Variant
    v1.0
  • Alias
  • Full Name
    Falcon 9 v1.0
Payload Capacity
  • Launch Cost
    $59000000
  • Low Earth Orbit
    9300 kg
  • Geostationary Transfer Orbit
    3400 kg
  • Direct Geostationary
  • Sun-Synchronous Capacity

Booster Info


B0003


Type: Core
Flight Proven: No
First Flight: June 4, 2010
Last Flight: June 4, 2010
Flights: 1
Landings Attempted: 1

Landing Information

No parachutes were observed during descent. Apparently the Falcon 9 first stage hit the water rather hard.Observation airfcraft confirmed the debris field.

Result: B0003 did not land successfully.

SpaceX

SpaceX

(SpX)

CEO: Elon Musk Founded: 2002 Successes: 363 Failures: 11 Pending: 129

Agency Type:

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.

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