Dragon Spacecraft Qualification Unit (DSQU)

Falcon 9 v1.0

SpaceX

Launch Status
Success

Mission

Dragon Spacecraft Qualification Unit (DSQU)

Type: Test Flight

The Dragon Spacecraft Qualification Unit was a boilerplate version of the Dragon spacecraft. After using it for ground tests to rate Dragon's shape and mass in various tests, SpaceX launched it into low Earth orbit on the maiden flight of the Falcon 9 rocket. SpaceX used the launch to evaluate the aerodynamic conditions on the spacecraft and performance of the carrier rocket in a real-world launch scenario, ahead of Dragon flights for NASA under the Commercial Orbital Transportation Services program.

Location

Space Launch Complex 40

Cape Canaveral, FL, USA

209 launches have been at this location.

Space Launch Complex 40, Cape Canaveral, FL, USA

Rocket

Falcon 9 v1.0

Length: 47.8 meters
Diameter: 3.65 meters
First Launched: June 4, 2010

The Falcon 9 v1.0 first stage was used on the first five Falcon 9 launches, and powered by nine SpaceX Merlin 1C rocket engines arranged in a 3×3 pattern.

The Falcon 9 v1.0 rocket has been launched a total of 5 times with 4 successful and 1 failed launches.

Landing

Agency

SpaceX

Type: Commercial
Abbreviation: SpX
Administration: CEO: Elon Musk
Founded: 2002
Launchers: Falcon
Spacecraft: Dragon
Country: USA

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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