Falcon 9 v1.1 stacked and on the pad at VAFB! Primary goal is to deliver Cassiope to orbit but the secondary goal which most people are more interested in is the expected goal of a powered water splash in the ocean! Lots for SpaceX to prepare for with a new pad, new rocket and first cargo launch for the 9 v1.1 Latest date appears to be Sept 14th but that could change again. At the heart of the rocket’s upgrades are its nine Merlin 1D engines, arranged in their new octagonal placement on the core stage. The additional performance from these engines – which have been undergoing testing since 2011 – will increase the payload capability of the Falcon 9 to over 29,000 pounds to Low Earth Orbit (LEO). Good luck SpaceX!