New Lunar Capabilities Guide

New Lunar Capabilities Guide

Our friends at SpaceX have passed along word that they've just posted a revised edition of the Falcon Launch Vehicle Lunar Capability Guide.

It's not tremendously different than the previous edition, but does feature the most up-to-date statistics for the Falcon family.

Some key stats:
  • "The Falcon 1 launch vehicle is capable of injecting up to 420 kg into a 185 km circular orbit. Additional trajectories include a range of highly elliptical orbits for proportionally less payload up to 8000 km as shown in Figure 3‐1. By employing a Falcon 1, a lunar‐bound spacecraft equipped with a kick‐motor is capable of reaching sufficient velocities for Trans Lunar Injection"
  • "Falcon 1e is capable of putting just over 1000 kg into LEO at 185km circular orbit and proportionally smaller spacecraft into a highly elliptical orbit of altitudes up to 25,000 km. After LEO or HEO insertion, a kick motor on the spacecraft could then provide the necessary delta‐v to complete a Trans Lunar trajectory and ultimately put a payload onto the lunar surface."
  • "When launched from Cape Canaveral, Falcon 9 is capable of inserting roughly 1925 kg into TLI."

Talk amongst yourselves.

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