Falcon 9 Vehicle Overview

A complete overview of the Falcon 9 launch vehicle, including launch stats, vehicle info and launch locations.

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Falcon 9 Block 5 rocket

Basic Info

Name

Falcon 9

Family

Falcon

Manufacturer

First Launch

4 Jun 2010

Successful Launches

337

Failed Launches

3

Rocket Info (Falcon 9 Block 5)

Status

Active

Stages

1-2

Length

70 m

Diameter

3.65 m

Launch Mass

549 tons

Thrust

7,607 kN

Reusability

Reusable

Payload Info (Falcon 9 Block 5)

LEO Capacity

22,800 kg

GTO Capacity

8,300 kg

Launch Cost

$52M

The Falcon 9, developed by SpaceX, is a partially reusable medium-lift launch vehicle primarily used for transporting cargo and crew to Earth orbit. It made history in 2020 as the first commercial rocket to launch humans to orbit and remains the only U.S. rocket certified for this purpose. The Falcon 9 features a two-stage design with the first stage capable of vertical landing for reuse. Powered by SpaceX Merlin engines using liquid oxygen and RP-1 as propellants, it has demonstrated a high safety record and versatility, including setting a record for the most satellites launched by a single rocket. The rocket is human-rated, meeting stringent safety standards for NASA astronaut transport to the International Space Station.

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Launch Sites used by Falcon 9

Cape Canaveral Space Force Station

Cape Canaveral Space Force Station launch site

Historic U.S. military rocket launch site, pivotal in space exploration and national security.

📍 FL, United States
🚀 961 Launches

Upcoming Launches

Kennedy Space Center

Kennedy Space Center launch site

NASA's primary launch site for human spaceflight, housing iconic facilities and a rich space history.

📍 FL, United States
🚀 238 Launches

Upcoming Launches

Vandenberg SFB

Vandenberg SFB launch site

U.S. Space Force facility in California for spacecraft launches and missile testing.

📍 CA, United States
🚀 778 Launches

Upcoming Launches