Falcon 9 is a two-stage rocket designed and manufactured by SpaceX for the reliable and safe transport of satellites and the Dragon spacecraft into orbit. As the first rocket completely developed in the 21st century, Falcon 9 was designed from the ground up for maximum reliability. Falcon 9’s simple two-stage configuration minimises the number of separation events and with nine first-stage engines, it can safely complete its mission even in the event of an engine shutdown.
MONACOSAT-1 LAUNCHBRING IT TO SPACE
MonacoSAT-1 has been launched the 27th of April 2015 from Cape Canaveral, with the American launcher SpaceX, using a Falcon 9 rocket
Falcon 9 Facts
Nine Merlin Engines
With its nine first-stage Merlin engines clustered together, Falcon 9 can sustain up to two engine shutdowns during flight and still successfully complete its mission. Falcon 9 is the only launch vehicle in its class with this key reliability feature.
Height: 68.4 m 224.4 ft Diameter: 3.7 m 12 ft Mass: 505,846 kg 1,115,200 lb Fairing Height: 13.1 m 43 lb Fairing Diameter: 5.2 m 17.1 lb Fairing to GTO*: 4,850 kg 10,692 lb Stages: 2 Successful Launches until MonacoSAT: 16 out of 16 First Stage
Burn Time: 180s
Thrust at sea level: 5,885 kN
Thrust in vacuum: 6,672 kNSecond Stage
Burn Time: 375 s
Thrust at sea level: 801 kN*Geosynchronous Transfer Orbit
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