Abandoned SpaceX Rocket Designs – Falcon 1e, 5, 9S5, 9S9 & Air

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SpaceX developed several rocket designs which ultimately never flew for various reasons, it’s interesting to look at these in retrospect now that SpaceX has settled on the Falcon 9 and Falcon Heavy while it develops the radically different Starship design.

  1. Scumfuck McDoucheface

    Was the antenna on purpose? lololol

  2. Allen Mathew

    Bro how does Scott Manley have complete understanding on topics none of us have ever even thought about?

  3. pratheepa selvarajah

    We are waiting for your explanation about recent SpaceX video upload!!

  4. [Redacted]

    If you say Falcon 9 one too many times it starts to sound weird… try it out

  5. Rivercoon

    While the Falcon 5 never flew SpaceX did bend metal on at least one. I was able to take a tour of the old factory and saw it sitting next to the first Dragon capsule which at the time consisted of just 3 bent metal tubes welded together.

  6. Typically Thomas

    I don’t really like Elon Musk, but I greatly admire his ambition

  7. DunaMoose

    Scott can you make a video on Take Two and it’s shady dealings related with KSP 2?

  8. Choowde

    this is so cool

  9. Not Applicable

    Elon really respects the sunk cost fallacy

  10. Gypsy Tinker

    Am I crazy to think that there is a place for falcon 5 today?

  11. Mafuskas

    I think the most interesting thing about the early Falcon Heavy plans was the propellant cross-feed. I understand that the plumbing became too much of a hassle but the performance gains would have been amazing.

  12. Jellyfish

    maud dib

  13. COSMOS 42

    Elon: X Æ A-Xii

  14. Live. Vibe. Lasers.

    Gwyenne Shotwell neé Gurevich (Russian?). Falcon 1 flight control computer Intel 486 based?

  15. pentagramprime

    I wonder if Elon ever considered a Falcon 2e version as a way to secure funding from Apple.

  16. Jaxon Mattox

    Although there is nothing much to say about them I don’t want anyone to forget Falcon X, Falcon X Heavy, and Falcon XX

  17. Marthinneill Apoi

    falcon 5??

  18. JayVal90

    It is unfortunate that the air launch mounts require such different engineering.

  19. Anonymous Person

    Amazing video tho, thanks for that interesting info.

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  21. Sach Seemungal

    17 seconds ago gang

  22. Rolypoly123456789

    Early 🤩

  23. Curator on the internet.

    I thought the Falcon rocket only launched once when it saved the company..

  24. Bigtexun Tex

    The last manufacturer I worked at designed and prototyped 5 or 6 systems for every one that went into small production, and for every 3 that went into small production, only 1 was ever deployed.

    So yeah, this is about par for the course.

  25. PLS Don't Block

    Am i flying safe??
    I don’t know, why do you ask?

  26. Letsmakethishappen

    BFR from composite materials also can be added to this.

  27. Logan Thompson

    Ah, yes. Gotta love YouTube when a video is just released, having 6 comments that cannot be seen, 17 likes and 3 views

  28. Paul Black

    Although not a booster, there was also the Red Dragon, the first SpaceX vehicle to Mars.

  29. Brendan Dennis

    “Greater than the length of a football field”.
    Ah, cute Americans with their dinky little fields.

  30. Dean Su

    Man this is basically the SpaceXLounge engineering division in 1 video

  31. Kerry Haycock

    Wow 1.7 K views in 10 min . nice work 👍🏻

  32. Ken L

    “Like” 1000!!!!!

  33. phiutubeful

    Hi Scott…. hope you have a nice evening (it’s evening for me)

  34. Patchuchan

    Next do a video on some of ULA’s abandoned designs.

  35. Aharon

    I’m the 45

  36. Craig Corson

    Has it never occurred to anyone else that, a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away – nobody had ever heard of a falcon? That name came about much, much later, in a very nearby galaxy.

  37. Gnomie

    Failure CVs are so super important in science

  38. Madison Livingston

    Can you please do a video of the British Aircraft Corporation TSR-2?

  39. Osvaldo A

    Great video! Do you have any plans for a video on the Russian programs? Like the history of the soyuz, N1, or buran?

  40. Kev Tan

    I wanna live till the year 3000 to see the Millennium Falcon.

  41. Neon Empire

    What about mars colonial transport system?

  42. paduag1782

    Scott, can you break down the new SpaceX fearing video.. lol

  43. DesertCookie

    Reddit brought me here, and I’m glad it did.

  44. Luke Robson

    Also the ITS

  45. Randall Wald

    No mention of the Falcon X and Falcon XX? Even if only to say that those never existed beyond the single PowerPoint slide that circulated on the internet?

  46. Mic Krout

    Your fly safe at the end was weird this time

  47. The Spectator

    Lovley, but i dont want to hear the word Falcon any time soon ;) I wonder how many times it was said in this video :) Anyone care to count? ;) Scott you rock :)

  48. Patrick COD

    When Scott Manley tells you to fly safe, you better be flying safe xD

  49. Curator on the internet.

    You forgot about the Russian ICBM! haha

  50. Walter

    Combination Award for coolest outro words and best haircut goes toooo Scott Manley ! Great show !

  51. Adam Harvey

    I was wondering if you’d give “Falcon XX” a mention – early (and I mean _very_ early) BFR concepts kept Merlin heritage engines, IIRC.

  52. EyeOnTheTV

    is this a re-upload?

  53. Eric Lotze

    @Scott Manley , Have you seen “Nexus Space” (essentially os-marsx dev group)

  54. Alan M.

    damn, super early!

  55. gsmontag

    What about fuel crossfeed on the Heavy? Is that still in the plan or no?

  56. Ox AO

    Can we delete the “news” and watch space flights?

  57. Marius van der Leek

    Good insights. Now off to the drawing board to make those dreams a reality…

  58. KerbalMaster

    In only 3 hours there is already 219 comments. wait, make that 220 counting me

  59. VostokTheROBOT

    early SpaceX named their rockets like Apple does with their products. Lol

  60. ProCactus

    I thought he was saying faulcon. I guess i stay sober

  61. Drew Smith

    I love that Scott pronounces it properly as “FALL-kun” and not “FAAL-kin”!

  62. Chris Odom

    Take a half step to the left lol you have an antenna on your head! Great video, fly safe!

  63. Dominic LoBue

    Wasn’t there an early Falcon that was going to have 3 engines in order to have engine out capability?

  64. R L

    Good job, Scott! You managed to be unbiased or a jerk for the entire video!

  65. Josh French

    What are you doing uploading at 5am Scott, get some sleep! 😜

  66. The Darth Knight

    Scott you’re the freaking best man, excellent work per usual! 👍🏻👍🏻

  67. Kowin Shi

    all great things come from humble beginnings.

  68. Steven Schmidt

    Your theme music at the end reminds me of the music on the old early-1990s game “Lemmings”. haha

  69. John theux

    Back in the time when Elon underpromised and overdelivered.

  70. tigertalar

    Can You make a video about the detailed sequence of events of the Falcon 9 first stage from touchdown until its prepared for towing

  71. Marty Moose

    Amazing that the Saturn V had 4x the cargo capacity of the Falcon Heavy. Those old timers sure could build a freaking rocket!

  72. Prototheria

    That’s the falkin’ one, right there!

  73. Hongliang Lim

    ELON TUSK!!!!!!

  74. hans iskandar

    wait this is a couple minutes ago?

  75. Nurpus

    Scott’s lighting/camera setups are as consistent as orbital trajectories in a three-body problem :D

  76. Corporal Clegg505

    I love seeing these cut or abandoned proposals/cut content

  77. Kineth1

    “none of these ever flew” Oh, they flew all right… Right out the window!

  78. pulesjet

    Space X get’s chit DONE.

  79. Alpha Orionis 911

    Where can I stand to freak with peoples mind? I got it!

  80. zapfanzapfan

    Iterate, fail fast, move on :-)

  81. Helium Road

    Coming soon: Starship Nuclear with liquid core nuclear thermal rocket engine, like the old Liberty Ship concept. Bring it!

  82. Ferrariman601

    Last time I was this early, Scott was still just a KSP streamer!

  83. Elopeous

    i just noticed that pink lego space man. so cute.
    and is it standing in front of a 3d printed SRB?

  84. Aubrey Freeman

    Well that’s old SpaceX. Now let’s get hype for the future with Nuclear Starship/ Superheavy. I’m convinced that Elon is eventually going to dig up the old Sea Dragon concept at some point.

  85. Grant Exploit

    1:50 Damn—I thought my idea for a Falcon 1 Heavy was original! Though in my concept the core stages were supposed to use the modern engines and be heavily-stretched with landing ability, much more advanced than even the Falcon 1e…

  86. Devin Last name not neede

    Air launched falcon? Amazing

  87. Pirscho

    Hello Scott
    I wanted to ask if you could make a playlist of videos like going nuclear about star Evolution and different kinds of stars.
    I am not sure if you already made some Videos about it. But going nuclear seems like a comprehensive guide.
    Wosh you all the best thank you for making great videos 🙂

  88. Your Average Kerbal

    Sounds like apple products

    I mean seriously, 1E, 9S5, Falcon 9 AIR?!

  89. InventorZahran

    When you said “Falcon 9 Air”, I initially thought it was going to be a lighter, thinner, and less powerful variant (similar to the MacBook Air or iPad Air).

  90. Fourth Root

    You forgot to mention the Falcon X, X Heavy, and XX.

  91. Beak

    Your ability to put out such detailed videos so frequently and effortlessly is amazing. I thoroughly appreciate your channel. Kudos.

  92. Kurt Weinstein

    Where did you find the early PR material? I could actually use that in my research.

  93. ThatSlowTypingGuy

    Falcon 1e is announced.
    “What the hell is an Aluminum Falcon!?”

  94. Hymenoptera _2

    Let’s go Starship heavy will have 3 starship boosters strapped together

  95. InventorZahran

    1:45 Perhaps this is where Peter Beck got the idea for Electron Heavy…

  96. Benjamin Casillas

    RL-10 on a Falcon – now I’ve seen everything!

  97. Damp potato #36

    0:33 they must’ve forgotten to take down that tent before the launch lol

  98. Tenn Seven

    Challenge: One drink every time Scott says “Falcon”. See you tomorrow!

  99. Ryan Ritter

    SpaceX: posts a video of fairing deployment.
    Scott: posts
    Me: holy **** that was fast…. Oh. Nevermind

  100. Dean Spanos

    “We need to name it after something great.”
    “How about the most famous Star Wars ship?”
    “Right. We now name it the royal Naboo cruiser.”
    “…..Kyle, you’re fired.”

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