Falcon 9 B1059 says Farewell to SpaceX

Space Coast, FL – The Falcon 9 B1059 rocket booster of SpaceX lifted off last night at 2259 EST (0359 UTC). The nineteenth Starlink mission was launched from SLC-40 on Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida. It carried 60 Starlink satellites into Low Earth Orbit (LEO).

Falcon 9 B1059 Lifts off
Falcon 9 B1059 lifts off from SLC-40 | photo: Jon Van Horne

Falcon 9 B1059 6 Flights

The SpaceX rocket booster had previously launched and landed five other times prior to last nights launch. They missions were: CRS-19, CRS-20, Starlink L8, SAOCOM-1B and NROL-108. Three of the missions were an RTLS (Return To Launch Site) at Landing Zone 1 on Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida. The other two landings were on Autonomous Spaceport Drone Ship (ASDS) Of Course I Still Love You.

SpaceX delivers 60 more Starlink satellites
SpaceX rocket booster at Max Q | photo: Jon Van Horne

The launch experienced a few days of delay due to bad seas and weather in the recovery zone. However, skies and seas cleared up last night and we got a launch, but we did not get a landing. SpaceX has a new milestone to hit as they are currently at 24 consecutive landings. Losing a Falcon 9 rocket booster won’t hurt SpaceX in the long run. This isn’t the first time SpaceX has lost a rocket booster and it will not be the last. Their reusability of Falcon 9 rockets is still unmatched and they will move on.

Falcon 9 prior to MECO
Falcon 9 prior to MECO | photo: Jon Van Horne

The SpaceX Marine Fleet will be returning to Port Canaveral without a Falcon 9 rocket booster for the first time in twenty-one sea recoveries. Next up for SpaceX is their 20th Starlink mission from legendary LC-39A at NASA Kennedy Space Center. We wish a final farewell to Falcon 9 B1059 and thank you for your services and spectacles.

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