Falcon 9 Falcon 9

Nilesat 301, to be launched into Nilesat's 7 ° West slot, is built by Thales Alenia Space on the Spacebus-4000B2 platform and is expected to weigh 4100 kilograms at launch. It will provide digital broadband and internet connectivity services for the Egyptian operator Nilesat.

Mission Type Communications
Orbit Geostationary Orbit
Falcon 9
Falcon 9 Block 5

Falcon 9 is a two-stage rocket designed and manufactured by SpaceX for the reliable and safe transport of satellites and the Dragon spacecraft into orbit. The Block 5 variant is the fifth major interval aimed at improving upon the ability for rapid reusability.

Manufacturer SpaceX
Thrust 7607kN
Length 70m
Diameter 3.65m
LEO Capacity 22800kg
GTO Capacity 8300kg
Launch Cost $52m

Space Exploration Technologies Corp., known as SpaceX, is an American aerospace manufacturer and space transport services company headquartered in Hawthorne, California. It was founded in 2002 by entrepreneur Elon Musk with the goal of reducing space transportation costs and enabling the colonization of Mars. SpaceX operates from many pads, on the East Coast of the US they operate from SLC-40 at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station and historic LC-39A at Kennedy Space Center. They also operate from SLC-4E at Vandenberg Space Force Base, California, usually for polar launches. Another launch site is being developed at Boca Chica, Texas.

Type Commercial
Administrator CEO: Elon Musk
Launch Vehicles Falcon | Starship
Spacecraft Dragon
Space Launch Complex 40
Space Launch Complex 40
Location Cape Canaveral, FL, USA
Total Launches 145
Links Wikipedia | Map

Reusability is a fundimentally important factor in creating a cheap and reliable launch vehicle. The first stage makes up the vast majority of the cost to manufacture a rocket, by reusing it as well as other parts such as the second staege and fairings, the cost per mission id improved drastically.

"Rapid and complete reusability of rockets is really the key to opening up space and becoming a space-faring civilization."
- Elon Musk


Type Core
Landing Attempt Yes
Landing Site JRTI
Landing Success Yes
Landing Type ASDS
Flights 7
Turn-around Time 39 days
Previous Mission Starlink Group 4-16
Reused Yes