We’ve all got our 2020 stories to tell but for America in space 2020 has been glorious.
Watch SpaceX launch a classified military satellite on a REUSABLE Falcon 9 rocket, possibly in minutes. WATCH NOW
UPDATE: Currently aiming for a 9 AM launch, Saturday 12/19/20.
|HEIGHT||70 m / 229.6 ft|
|DIAMETER||3.7 m / 12 ft|
|MASS||549,054 kg / 1,207,920 lb|
|PAYLOAD TO LEO||22,800 kg / 50,265 lb|
|PAYLOAD TO GTO||8,300 kg / 18,300 lb|
|PAYLOAD TO MARS||4,020 kg / 8,860 lb|
Falcon 9 generates more than 1.7 million pounds of thrust at sea level.
The second stage, powered by a single Merlin Vacuum Engine, delivers Falcon 9’s payload to the desired orbit. The second stage engine ignites a few seconds after stage separation, and can be restarted multiple times to place multiple payloads into different orbits.
|NUMBER OF ENGINES||1 vacuum|
|BURN TIME||397 sec|
|THRUST||981 kN / 220,500 lbf|
The interstage is a composite structure that connects the first and second stages, and houses the pneumatic pushers that allow the first and second stage to separate during flight.
Falcon 9 is equipped with four hypersonic grid fins positioned at the base of the interstage. They orient the rocket during reentry by moving the center of pressure.
|HEIGHT||13.1 m / 43 ft|
|DIAMETER||5.2 m / 17.1 ft|