SpaceX

Falcon 9 v1.1

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CEO: Elon Musk Founded: 2002 Successes: 70 Failures: 6 Pending: 38

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 v1.1

Configuration: v1.1
Family: Falcon

Falcon 9 v1.1 is a significantly redesigned version of the its predecessor, including a higher payload capacity. This version arranges the engines in a structural form SpaceX calls an Octaweb.

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Earth Science


Jason 3 is a scientific Earth observation satellite designed to monitor and precisely measure the world’s oceans. The final flight of Falcon 9 v1.1.

Launch Window


NET: January 17th 2016 - 18:42 UTC

Instantaneous launch window.

B1017


Type: Core
Flight Proven: No
Unsuccessful Landing

The first stage attempted a landing however one of its landing legs did not 'lock-in' so upon touching down the leg collapsed, causing the stage to tip.


Watch the Launch




Vandenberg AFB, CA, USA

Space Launch Complex 4E, Vandenberg AFB, CA