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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.

Mission patch for Jason 3

Location

Space Launch Complex 4E

Vandenberg SFB, CA, USA

707 rockets have launched from Vandenberg SFB, CA, USA.

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

Rocket

Falcon 9 v1.1 – SpaceX

Family: Falcon
Length: 68.4 m
Diameter: 3.65 m
Launch Mass: 506 T
Low Earth Orbit Capacity: 13150 kg

The Falcon 9 v1.1 was manufactured by SpaceX with the first launch on 2013-09-29. Falcon 9 v1.1 has 14 successful launches and 1 failed launches with a total of 15 launches. 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.

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

First (Marmac 300) and third (Marmac 303) ASDS barge, Just Read the Instructions (JRTI) is currently used to recover Falcon 9 and Heavy boosters in the Altantic Ocean.

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 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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