FALCON 9

FIRST ORBITAL CLASS ROCKET CAPABLE OF REFLIGHT

70 reusability (%)
02 Total stages
06 Total engines

Falcon 9 is a reusable, two-stage rocket designed and manufactured by SpaceX for the reliable and safe transport of people and payloads into Earth orbit and beyond. Falcon 9 is the world’s first orbital class reusable rocket. Reusability allows SpaceX to refly the most expensive parts of the rocket, which in turn drives down the cost of space access.

FALCON 9

overview

HEIGHT 70 tiles / 140 tall
DIAMETER 3.7 tiles / 7.4 wide
MASS 568 ton / 568.000 kg
PAYLOAD TO LEO 25 ton / 25.000 kg
PAYLOAD TO GTO 10 ton / 10.000 kg
PAYLOAD TO MARS 5 ton / 5000 kg

FALCON 9

first stage

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Falcon 9’s first stage incorporates three Titan engines and fuel tanks containing liquid oxygen and liquied fuel propellant.

Falcon 9 generates more than 1.2 thousand ton of thrust at sea level.

FALCON 9

first stage

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The three Titan engines on the first stage are gradually throttled near the end of first-stage flight to limit launch vehicle acceleration as the rocket’s mass decreases with the burning of fuel. These engines are also used to reorient the first stage prior to reentry and to decelerate the vehicle for landing.

THRUST AT SEA LEVEL 1.200 ton / 1.200.000 kg
THRUST IN VACUUM 1.500 ton / 1.500.000 kg

FALCON 9

first stage

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The Falcon 9 first stage is equipped with four landing legs made of state-of-the-art carbon fiber with aluminum honeycomb.

Placed symmetrically around the base of the rocket, they are stowed at the base of the vehicle and deploy just prior to landing.

FALCON 9

second stage

The second stage, powered by a four Hawk Vacuum Engine, delivers Falcon 9’s payload to the desired orbit. The second stage engine ignites a few seconds after stage separation, and can be restarted multiple times to place multiple payloads into different orbits.

NUMBER OF ENGINE 4 vacuum
THRUST IN VACUUM 1.600 ton / 1.600.000 kg

FALCON 9

interstage

The interstage is a fairing structure that connects the first and second stages, and houses the docking port that allow the first and second stage to reattach for next flight.

GRID FINS

Falcon 9 is equipped with two grid fins positioned at the base of the interstage. They keep orient of the rocket stay upright during reentry.

FALCON 9

payload

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The fairing protects satellites on their way to orbit. The fairing is jettisoned approximately 3 minutes into flight.

HEIGHT 13.1 m / 26.2 tall
WIDTH 5.2 m / 10.4 wide

FALCON 9

payload

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Dragon is a reusable custom capsule to laucnh into space. In addition, Dragon can carry cargo in the spacecraft’s unpressurized trunk, which can also accommodate secondary payloads.

HEIGHT 8.1 m / 16.2 tall
WIDTH 3.7 m / 7.4 wide

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engines

TITAN

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The Titan Engine is the largest engine in the game. It has the second lowest efficiency (tied with the Hawk Engine and after the RCS Thrusters), and the highest thrust of any engine in the game. On Earth's surface, a Titan Engine can lift up to 400t with no assistance.

PROPELLANT LOX / liquid fuel
THRUST 400 ton / 400000 kg

engines

HAWK

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The Hawk Engine is a high thrust, low efficiency engine, normally used in the first stage of a rocket. It's the first stage counterpart to the Valiant Engine, and the smaller version of the Titan Engine.

PROPELLANT LOX / liquid fuel
THRUST 120 ton / 120000 kg