Falcon 9 Block 4

In-active Re-Usable Falcon

SpaceX (SpX)

Dec. 22, 2015

Description

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.

Specifications
  • Stages
    2
  • Length
    71.0 m
  • Diameter
    3.65 m
  • Fairing Diameter
  • Launch Mass
    546 T
  • Thrust
    6804 kN
  • Apogee (Sub-Orbital)
    197 km
Family
  • Name
    Falcon 9 Block 4
  • Family
    Falcon
  • Variant
    Block 4
  • Alias
  • Full Name
    Falcon 9 Block 4
Payload Capacity
  • Launch Cost
    $50,000,000
  • Low Earth Orbit
    22800 kg
  • Geostationary Transfer Orbit
    8305 kg
  • Direct Geostationary
  • Sun-Synchronous Capacity

SpaceX

Commercial
CEO: Elon Musk
SpX 2002

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.

Falcon 9 Block 4 | SpX CRS-15

SpaceX | USA
Cape Canaveral, FL, USA
June 29, 2018, 9:42 a.m.
Status: Success
Mission: Resupply

SpaceX will launch the Dragon spacecraft on their 15th operational cargo delivery mission to the International Space Station. The flight is being conducted under the Commercial Resupply Services contract with NASA.

Low Earth Orbit #CRS15
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Falcon 9 Block 4 | SES-12

SpaceX | USA
Cape Canaveral, FL, USA
June 4, 2018, 4:45 a.m.
Status: Success
Mission: Communications

SES-12 is a geostationary communications satellite. It is to provide direct-to-home broadcasting, high throughput satellite data connectivity and other telecommunication servies to Middle East and the Asia-Pacific region. It is a replacement for the NSS-6 satellite and is expected to operate for 15 years.

Geostationary Transfer Orbit
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Falcon 9 Block 4 | Iridium-6 & GRACE-FO

SpaceX | USA
Vandenberg AFB, CA, USA
May 22, 2018, 7:47 p.m.
Status: Success
Mission: Communications

SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket will deliver 10 satellites to low Earth orbit for Iridium, a global leader in mobile voice and data satellite communications. This is the sixth set of 10 satellites in a series of 75 total satellites that SpaceX will launch for Iridium’s next generation global satellite constellation, Iridium® NEXT. Sharing this launch is the Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment Follow-on mission, which is a joint project of NASA and the German Research Centre for Geosciences. It's goal is to track Earth's water movement to monitor changes in underground water storage, the amount of water in large lakes and rivers, soil moisture, ice sheets and glaciers, and sea level caused by the addition of water to the ocean.

Low Earth Orbit
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Falcon 9 Block 4 | TESS (Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite)

SpaceX | USA
Cape Canaveral, FL, USA
April 18, 2018, 10:51 p.m.
Status: Success
Mission: Astrophysics

The Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) is a NASA space telescope, designed to search for exoplanets using the transit method. TESS will identify planets ranging from Earth-sized to gas giants, orbiting a wide range of stellar types and orbital distances. The principal goal of the TESS mission is to detect small planets with bright host stars in the solar neighborhood, so that detailed characterizations of the planets and their atmospheres can be performed.

High Earth Orbit #TESS B1045 - Maiden Flight Of Course I Still Love You
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Falcon 9 Block 4 | SpX CRS-14

SpaceX | USA
Cape Canaveral, FL, USA
April 2, 2018, 8:30 p.m.
Status: Success
Mission: Resupply

SpaceX will launch the Dragon spacecraft on their 14th operational cargo delivery mission to the International Space Station. The flight is being conducted under the Commercial Resupply Services contract with NASA.

Low Earth Orbit
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Falcon 9 Block 4 | Iridium-5

SpaceX | USA
Vandenberg AFB, CA, USA
March 30, 2018, 2:13 p.m.
Status: Success
Mission: Communications

SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket will deliver 10 satellites to low Earth orbit for Iridium, a global leader in mobile voice and data satellite communications. This is the fifth set of 10 satellites in a series of 75 total satellites that SpaceX will launch for Iridium’s next generation global satellite constellation, Iridium® NEXT.

Low Earth Orbit
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Falcon 9 Block 4 | Hispasat 30W-6 (Hispasat 1F)

SpaceX | USA
Cape Canaveral, FL, USA
March 6, 2018, 5:33 a.m.
Status: Success
Mission: Communications

Hispasat 30W-6, also known as Hispasat 1F, is a Spanish geostationary communications satellite. Joining the Hispasat fleet, this satellite is to operate in orbit for 15 years, providing services to Europe, North Africa, North America and South America. It is a replacement for the Hispasat 1D satellite at 30º West longtitude in geostationary orbit. Satellite launch mass is about 6000 kg and it is equipped with Ku-, Ka- and C-band transponders.

Geostationary Transfer Orbit
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Falcon 9 Block 4 | Zuma

SpaceX | USA
Cape Canaveral, FL, USA
Jan. 8, 2018, 1 a.m.
Status: Success
Mission: Government/Top Secret

Unknown payload built by Northrop Grumman for an undisclosed customer, most likely a government organisation.

Low Earth Orbit B1043 - Maiden Flight Landing Zone 1
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Falcon 9 Block 4 | Koreasat 5A

SpaceX | USA
Kennedy Space Center, FL, USA
Oct. 30, 2017, 7:34 p.m.
Status: Success
Mission: Communications

Koreasat 5A is a telecommunitations satellite to provide internet access, fixed telecommunications, media and broadcasting services. Loaded with Ku-band transponders, this satellite will cover Korea, Japan, Indochina and Middle East.

Geostationary Transfer Orbit B1042 - Maiden Flight Of Course I Still Love You
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Falcon 9 Block 4 | Iridium-3

SpaceX | USA
Vandenberg AFB, CA, USA
Oct. 9, 2017, 12:37 p.m.
Status: Success
Mission: Communications

SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket will deliver 10 satellites to low Earth orbit for Iridium, a global leader in mobile voice and data satellite communications. This is the third set of 10 satellites in a series of 75 total satellites that SpaceX will launch for Iridium’s next generation global satellite constellation, Iridium® NEXT.

Low Earth Orbit B1041 - Maiden Flight Just Read the Instructions
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Falcon 9 Block 4 | OTV-5 (X-37B)

SpaceX | USA
Kennedy Space Center, FL, USA
Sept. 7, 2017, 2 p.m.
Status: Success
Mission: Government/Top Secret

It is the fifth flight of the X-37B program. United States Air Force Orbital Test Vehicle, built by Boeing, is an unmanned 5000 kg, 8.8 m-long reusable mini-spaceplane capable of autonomous re-entry and landing.

Low Earth Orbit B1040 - Maiden Flight Landing Zone 1
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Falcon 9 Block 4 | SpX CRS-12

SpaceX | USA
Kennedy Space Center, FL, USA
Aug. 14, 2017, 4:31 p.m.
Status: Success
Mission: Resupply

SpaceX launched the Dragon spacecraft on their 12th operational cargo delivery mission to the International Space Station. The flight was conducted under the Commercial Resupply Services contract with NASA.

Low Earth Orbit B1039 - Maiden Flight Landing Zone 1
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