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Falcon 9 v1.0

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CEO: Elon Musk Founded: 2002 Successes: 63 Failures: 6 Pending: 42

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


SpaceX COTS Demo Flight 1 in 2010 was the unmanned first spaceflight of the SpaceX Dragon spacecraft, the Dragon C1, which orbited the Earth, and the second overall flight of the SpaceX Falcon 9. It was also the first demonstration flight for NASA's Commercial Orbital Transportation Services (COTS) program for which SpaceX was selected. The primary mission objectives were to test the orbital maneuvering and reentry of the Dragon capsule.

Launch Window


NET: December 8th 2010 - 15:43 UTC

Open: December 8th 2010 - 15:43 UTC

Close: December 8th 2010 - 15:43 UTC

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Cape Canaveral, FL, USA

Space Launch Complex 40, Cape Canaveral, FL