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FALCON 9 PROGRESS UPDATE

The third variant of our Merlin engine, the Merlin Vacuum, powers the Falcon 9 second stage to orbit. The base of the regeneratively cooled combustion chamber and exhaust nozzle, shown here, attaches to an even larger expansion nozzle for maximizing performance in the vacuum of space. We will ship this flight hardware out to the Cape for integration onto the Falcon 9 second stage.

 

Merlin Vacuum Engine