ROCKET SCIENCE What is the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket, when is the next launch and what is the latest announcement? All you need to know
SpaceX and Tesla CEO announced two private paying citizens will complete a special mission in one of its rockets next year
IT IS the prodigy of a company hoping to one day colonise Mars.
Now, the SpaceX Falcon 9 Rocket is reaching for the skies again – making history in the process, but just what is this 5.3tonne rocket all about?
What is a SpaceX Falcon 9?
The rocket was designed and manufactured to transport satellites and the Dragon spacecraft into orbit – a free-flying vehicle designed to deliver cargo and people to destinations.
The SpaceX is the first rocket to be completely developed in the 21st century and has a two-stage separation.
Falcon 9 delivered the Dragon into the correct orbit in 2012 so that it could rendezvous with the International Space Station.
The achievement made SpaceX the first every commercial company to visit the ISS.
The Falcon 9 has different versions which are the Falcon 9 v1.1, now retired, and the current Falcon 9 Full Thrust.
How many SpaceX Falcon 9s have been made?
In December 2010 SpaceX were making one Falcon 9 every three months, and were planning to double that rate to one every six weeks.
As of November 2013 the company has been producing roughly one rocket each month.