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Jason-3

Falcon 9 v1.1

SpaceX

Launch Status
Success

Mission

Jason 3

Type: Earth Science

Jason 3 is a scientific Earth observation satellite designed to monitor and precisely measure the world’s oceans. The final flight of Falcon 9 v1.1.

Location

Space Launch Complex 4E

Vandenberg AFB, CA, USA

83 rockets have launched from Vandenberg AFB, CA, USA.

Space Launch Complex 4E, Vandenberg AFB, CA, USA

Rocket

Falcon 9 v1.1

Length: 68.4 meters
Diameter: 3.65 meters
First Launch: September 29, 2013

Falcon 9 v1.1 is a significantly redesigned version of the its predecessor, including a higher payload capacity. This version arranges the engines in a structural form SpaceX calls an Octaweb.

The Falcon 9 v1.1 rocket has been launched a total of 15 times with 14 successful and 1 failed launches.

Landing

The first stage attempted a landing however one of its landing legs did not ‘lock-in’ so upon touching down the leg collapsed, causing the stage to tip.

Just Read the Instructions – JRTI

The third ASDS barge, Just Read the Instructions (JRTI) is currently used to recover Falcon 9 boosters in the Altantic Ocean. It used to service launches in the Pacific Ocean for launches from Vandenberg AFB. It was first put to use in January of 2016 to attempt to recover a Falcon 9 first-stage booster from the Jason-3 mission which successfully landed but subsequently fell over and experienced an Rapid Unscheduled Disassembly (RUD).

Autonomous Spaceport Drone Ship – ASDS

An autonomous spaceport drone ship (ASDS) is an ocean-going vessel derived from a deck barge, outfitted with station-keeping engines and a large landing platform. Construction of such ships was commissioned by aerospace company SpaceX to allow for recovery of rocket first-stages at sea for high-velocity missions which do not carry enough fuel to return to the launch site after lofting spacecraft onto an orbital trajectory.

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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