SpaceX Fleet brings home Falcon 9 B1049.7

Space Coast, FL – Today, SpaceX’s first seven times launched and landed Falcon 9 returned to Port Canaveral. This also marked the 100th launch of a Falcon 9 rocket booster. The booster has previously flown on; Telstar, Iridium NEXT, and Starlinks v0.9, L2, L7 and L10. The last mission was Starlink L15 on November 24, 2020 at 2113 EST.

Falcon 9 B1049.7 enters the inlet at Port Canaveral, Florida, USA
Falcon 9 B1049.7 enters the inlet at Port Canaveral, Florida, USA | photo: Jon Van Horne

SpaceX Fleet

The arrival of a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket booster was like clock work. Tug Hawk towing the autonomous drone ship Of Course I Still Love You was greeted by other tugs for assistance. They gradually move into the inlet and eventually to the SpaceX docks. There they will, later, retract the Falcon 9’s legs, hoist it on to a transport and ship it off back to Cape Canaveral AFS for analysis and refurbishment.

Onlookers at Jetty Park Pier to watch the 7 times flown and landed Falcon 9 return
Onlookers at Jetty Park Pier to watch the 7 times flown and landed Falcon 9 return | photo: Jon Van Horne

SpaceX aims for ten times reuse of their Falcon 9 rocket boosters. Although it is possible they will go beyond that. This particular booster is now the fleet leader, ahead of B1051.6.

Tug boats and pilot boat assist the ADS Of Course I Still Love You into Port Canaveral
Tug boats and pilot boat assist the ADS Of Course I Still Love You into Port Canaveral | photo: Jon Van Horne

Congratulations to SpaceX on their milestones and welcome home SpaceX Fleet from your journey back. We can expect to see more from this booster in the future. Assuming all data and refitting is green for another flight. Next up is Falcon 9 B1058.4 for the CRS-21 mission on December 5, 2020. See launch schedule for info.

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