Merlin 1C  
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): September 2008
Maiden Flight: August 2008
Total Production: ?
Also Known As: Merlin 1A and Merlin 1B
Origin: United States of America
Corporations: SpaceX
Parent System: Merlin 1
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 2006
Total Production: ?
Family Members: Merlin 1C Vacuum
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Description: The Merlin 1 is a family of rocket engines developed by SpaceX since the early 2000s to power the Falcon space launch systems family. The Merlin 1 rocket engine burns a mixture of RP-1 kerosene and Liquid Oxygen (LOX) to achieve a thrust between 76,000-lb to 94,000-lb at takeoff depending on the engine version. The Merlin 1A and Merlin 1B engines were rated at 76,000-lb and 95,000-lb of thrust at takeoff respectively. These engines were developed to be reusable when employed to lift-off Falcon 9 and Falcon Heavy rockets. Starting in 2013 the Merlin 1C engines were phased out in favor of the more powerful Merlin 1D rocket engine.

The Merlin 1C is an achievement based upon the experience gained by SpaceX during the Merlin 1A and Merlin 1B development featuring greater reliability than its predecessors. The Merlin 1C was developed to power both stages of the Falcon 1 space launch system. The Merlin 1C provides a thrust at liftoff of 94,000-lb at sea level and carried out its first flight powering a Falcon 1 rocket in August 2008.

Merlin 1C Applications

Space Systems Falcon 1 Falcon 9

Merlin 1C Specifications

Thrust: 94,000 pound (43 ton)
CEP: Circular Error Probable
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