Falcon 9 Block 5 | Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART)

Falcon 9 Block 5 | Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART)

Space Launch Complex 4E
Vandenberg SFB, CA, USA

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Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART)

Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART) mission is the first-ever mission to demonstrate the capability to deflect an asteroid by colliding a spacecraft with it at high speed, a technique known as a kinetic impactor. DART is a planetary defense-driven test of one of the technologies for preventing the Earth impact of a hazardous asteroid: the kinetic impactor. DART's primary objective is to demonstrate a kinetic impact on a small asteroid. The binary near-Earth asteroid (65803) Didymos is the target for DART. While Didymos' primary body is approximately 800 meters across, its secondary body has a 150-meter size, which is more typical of the size of asteroids that could pose a more common hazard to Earth. The DART spacecraft will achieve the kinetic impact by deliberately crashing itself into the moonlet at a speed of approximately 6 km/s, with the aid of an onboard camera and sophisticated autonomous navigation software. The collision will change the speed of the moonlet in its orbit around the main body by a fraction of one percent, enough to be measured using telescopes on Earth.

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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 121

Consecutive Success 121

Maiden Flight 2018-05-11

Launch Failures 0


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Serial B1063

Status active

Flight Proven Yes

Flights 7


Landing Attempt Yes

Landing Success Yes

Type ASDS

Location OCISLY


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Cosmic_Penguin

2021-11-24T09:39:40+0000

Launch success with DART solar panels deployed.

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Nosu

2021-11-22T22:29:44+0000

Weather 90%

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Nosu

2021-10-04T20:50:10+0000

Updating launch time per NASA media invitation

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Nosu

2021-07-28T07:15:25+0000

Adding launch time

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DART Launch Preview Briefing

2021-11-04T17:00:00+0000

NASA will hold a media briefing about the upcoming launch of the agency’s first planetary defense test mission, the Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART). Briefing participants include NASA's planetary defense officer Lindley Johnson and representatives from DART project. DART is currently scheduled to launch at the end of November.

DART Pre-Launch News Conference

2021-11-23T00:00:00+0000

NASA will host a media briefing about the upcoming launch of Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART) mission.

DART Technologies Media Teleconference

2022-09-12T13:00:00+0000

DART mission experts explain some of the key technologies enabling the DART spacecraft to autonomously navigate to and impact its target asteroid as humanity’s first planetary defense test work.

NASA DART Pre-Impact Press Briefing

2022-09-22T19:00:00+0000

NASA will hold a press briefing ahead of the DART mission impact.

NASA DART Impact

2022-09-26T23:14:00+0000

NASA’s Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART), the world’s first mission to test technology for defending Earth against potential asteroid or comet hazards, will impact its target asteroid to change its motion in a way that can be measured using ground-based telescopes.

NASA DART Post-Impact Press Briefing

2022-09-27T00:00:00+0000

NASA will hold a press briefing after the DART mission impact.

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