SpaceX successfully launched its last Falcon 9 v1.1 from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, today Jan 17, 2016. The 224 foot tall rocket launched at 13:42 EST from SLC-4 East at Vandenberg carrying the JASON-3 satellite, an oceanography satellite built in France in partnership with the USA. This flight marks the final mission of SpaceX’s previous generation Falcon 9 v1.1 booster.
Looking back, the Falcon 9 v1.1 checked off 13 successful missions and began paving the way towards SPACEX’s ambitious goal of re-using first stage boosters. The Falcon 9 First Stage was planned to land on the Autonomous Spaceport Drone Ship “Just Read The Instructions” (ASDS) that will be stationed almost 300 Km due south of the launch pad, but SpaceX confirmed that the booster had an on-target descent to the drone ship, but made a hard landing, breaking a landing leg.
The paper model for this mission is the Falcon 9 v1.1 in 1:100 scale. The prototype model was used for this presentation. Based on real photos, the Interstage markings have varied slightly.
Notice the small grey rectangle on the upper left corner of the US flag on the right side. This marking is new as compared with previous flights.
Markings when no grid fins were placed on v1.1 booster.
Markings on v1.1 booster with grid fins.
Markings from new v1.2 booster (OrbComm2 OG2 last flight)
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