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Falcon 1  
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 28 September 2008
Maiden Flight: 26 March 2006
Total Production: ?
Also Known As: Falcon 1e
Origin: United States of America
Corporations: SpaceX
Parent System: Falcon
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 28 September 2008
Maiden Flight: 2005
Total Production: ?
Family Members: Falcon 9, Falcon 9 Block 5 and Falcon Heavy
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Description: The Falcon space launch system family has been designed by SpaceX to provide breakthrough advances in reliability, cost, flight environment and time to launch. This privately-developed liquid fuel rocket family includes Falcon 1, Falcon 9 and Falcon 9 Heavy rocket designed to place a wide range of payloads into orbit for both civil and military customers. The Falcon 1 Flight 4 rocket was the first rocket of this family to orbit the Earth on September 28, 2008, after lifting off from the launch site on Omelek Island at the US Army Kwajalein Atoll (USAKA) in the Central Pacific.

In June 2005, the Falcon 1 launch system was undergoing tests including countdown sequence and engine ignition prior to the first launch of a series of three launches. The tests launches occurred at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California on behalf of the Space and Missile Systems Center nearby Los Angeles Air Force Base, California. The first test flight was expected before the end of 2005.

The Falcon 1 rocket was introduced in September 2008 and consists of a two-stage layout, a liquid oxygen powered by SpaceX Merlin 1C engine and a rocket grade kerosene powered by SpaceX Kestrel engine. It is intended to carry payloads of 1,500-lb into low Earth orbits being mostly reusable launch system. The Falcon 1e is a larger version with increased fairing volume and higher liftoff mass and max liftoff thrust available starting in 2010. Falcon 1e is able to place a 1,010 kg payload into a circular Low Earth Orbit (LEO) at 185 km of altitude for $10.9 million. The Falcon 1 performed its final flight in 2009.

Falcon 1 Specifications

Number of Stages: 2
Height: 24.7 meter (972 inch)
Rocket Diameter: 1.70 meter
Max Lift-off Thrust: 512 kN (52 ton)
Max Lift-off Weight: 35,180 kilogram (77,557 pound)
Payload: 1,500 pound (0.68 ton)
Payload to LEO: 1,010 kilogram (2,227 pound)
CEP: Circular Error Probable
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Falcon 1 News

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on 9 Sep 2010
Thursday, September 9, 2010Astrium and SpaceX Sign an Agreement to Bring Falcon 1e Launch Capabilities to Europe

Operators & Related Equipment


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Propulsion Systems
Merlin 1Cx1
Merlin 1C Vacuumx1
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