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Dragon Spacecraft Qualification Unit (DSQU)

Falcon 9 v1.0


Launch Status


Dragon Spacecraft Qualification Unit (DSQU)

  • Type: Test Flight
  • Orbit: Low Earth Orbit
  • Launch Cost: $59,000,000

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.

Dragon Spacecraft Qualification Unit (DSQU)


Space Launch Complex 40

Cape Canaveral, FL, USA

Space Launch Complex 40 has witnessed the launch of 221 rockets, including 221 orbital launch attempts, while Cape Canaveral, FL, USA, has been the site for 931 rocket launches.

Space Launch Complex 40


SpaceX Falcon 9 v1.0

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.

Falcon 9 v1.0


Core B0003

Booster B0003 last launched 06/04/2010 and has seen 0 successful launches and landings. Stage Expended

Atlantic Ocean – ATL

Atlantic Ocean

Parachute Landing – PL

Unpowered landing using parachute(s).




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 operates from many pads, on the East Coast of the US they operate from SLC-40 at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station and historic LC-39A at Kennedy Space Center. They also operate from SLC-4E at Vandenberg Space Force Base, California, usually for polar launches. Another launch site is being developed at Boca Chica, Texas.

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