Falcon 9 Block 5 | 425 Project Flight 1 & rideshare

Falcon 9 Block 5 | 425 Project Flight 1 & rideshare

Space Launch Complex 4E
Vandenberg SFB, CA, USA

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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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425 Project Flight 1 & rideshare

Note: Name of payload is provisional. First launch of an ultimately 5 reconnaissance satellites for the South Korean Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA), with 1 satellite featuring an electro-optical infrared (EO/IR) telescope. The other 4 synthetic aperture radar (SAR) satellites are to be launched at a later date. They will be launched to low Earth orbit between 600 and 700 km by 2025, enabling South Korea’s military to observe the nuclear-armed neighbor’s key military facilities every two hours with 30-50 centimeters resolution imagery, according to a 2019 report produced by the Korea Institute of S&T Evaluation and Planning. The project is lead by the Korean Agency for Defense Development (ADD) and Korea Aerospace Research Institute (KARI), with input from Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI), Hanwha Systems and Thales Alenia Space. ESA's EIRSAT-1 is also onboard as a rideshare passenger. This 2U cubesat carries three experiments, including a novel gamma ray detector to study some of the most luminous explosions in the universe.

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Falcon 9 Block 5


Height 70.00 Meters

Max Stages 2

Mass To GTO 8300 kg

Liftoff Thrust 7607 kN

Diameter 3.65 Meters

Mass To LEO 22800 kg

Liftoff Mass 549 Tonnes


Launch Success 244

Consecutive Success 244

Maiden Flight 2018-05-11

Launch Failures 0


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Serial B1061

Status active

Flight Proven Yes

Flights 18


Landing Attempt Yes

Landing Success Yes

Type RTLS

Location LZ-4


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Cosmic_Penguin

2023-12-02T06:43:59+0000

Launch success.

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Nosu

2023-12-01T18:19:58+0000

Liftoff

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LL2

2023-12-01T17:46:08+0000

Livestream has started

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SwGustav

2023-11-30T23:49:49+0000

Adjusting T-0 and setting GO

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Nosu

2023-11-29T21:44:53+0000

Adjusting T-0

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Nosu

2023-11-28T12:21:32+0000

Delayed to December 1

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Cosmic_Penguin

2023-11-24T16:58:24+0000

Updated launch window.

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Nosu

2023-11-24T16:37:47+0000

Adding approximate launch time

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Cosmic_Penguin

2023-11-03T23:31:12+0000

Added launch (payload details at https://spacenews.com/south-korea-hires-spacex-to-launch-five-spy-satellites-by-2025/).

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