Falcon 9 (rocket)
For the sake of economy, the Falcon 9 uses many of the same components as the much smaller Falcon 1, including its Merlin engines which run a mixture of RP-1 and liquid oxygen. Nine Merlins power the first stage of Falcon 9, and one the second stage. Sitting atop the rocket is SpaceX's Dragon freighter, capable of hauling 6 tonnes of supplies and equipment to the International Space Station (ISS). The Dragon capsule could also be modified to carry up to four astronauts; however, in the short term Falcon 9s will be used to carry provisions to the ISS and also to launch commercial satellites.
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