Two Falcon 9 Rocket Boosters at Port

Space Coast, FL – Yesterday, two Falcon 9 rocket boosters where viewable in Port Canaveral, Florida, USA. This marks the first time ever that SpaceX had two Falcon 9 rockets in port. The two Falcon 9 rocket boosters.

Falcon 9 B1058.6 connected to crane post-leg retraction
Falcon 9 B1058.6 connected to crane post-leg retraction | Photo: Crystal Gabriel

First of Two Falcon 9 rocket boosters return

The first SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket booster arrived March 11, 2021. This rocket booster previously had launched for the Twenty-first Starlink mission. It had launched from SLC-40 on Cape Canaveral Space Force Station, FL, USA. The Falcon 9 then, landed in the Atlantic Ocean on ASDS Just Read The Instructions. B1058.6 had it's legs retracted yesterday, and due to windy conditions SpaceX did not lower for transport.

Meanwhile, Falcon 9 B1051.9 was off the coast waiting for the GO call to enter into Port Canaveral.

Falcon 9 B1051.9 off the coast of the Space Coast in Florida
SpaceX Falcon 9 B1051.9 off the coast from Port Canaveral, Florida, USA | Photo: Jon Van Horne

The second Falcon 9, B1051.9 arrived just off the coast at around 1500 EDT (1900 UTC). It is the first nine times launched and landed SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket booster which made history on March 14, 2021.

Falcon 9 B1051.9 entering Port Canaveral
Falcon 9 B1051.9 entering Port Canaveral | Photo: Crystal Gabriel

A Second Falcon 9 returns

The Falcon 9 rocket booster, B1051.9, launched from LC-39A at NASA Kennedy Space Center in Florida on March 14, 2021. It then, made it's successful landing on ASDS Of Course I Still Love You in the Atlantic Ocean. Their return was rather quick considering weather, tides and time of landing.

And now, for the first time ever, two SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket boosters are poised in Port Canaveral, FL, USA.

Two Falcon 9 rocket boosters in Port Canaveral
Two Falcon 9 rocket boosters poised in Port Canaveral | Photo: Jon Van Horne

You're not seeing double. A view that was expected but not as soon as it happened. The two Falcon 9s that where poised in port at the same time, each had a significant role in the return of human spaceflight from the U.S.A..

Falcon 9 B1051.9's first flight was for DM-1 (Demo Mission 1). The test launch/mission that sent an uncrewed Crew Dragon to the International Space Station and returned. Falcon 9 B1058.6's first flight was and is Bob and Doug's ride, DM-2 (Demo Mission 2). This was the first human spaceflight (test) since 2011 and round trip to the International Space Station. This duo of Falcon 9s is one of the main reasons that the United States is sending humans back to space.

Falcon 9 B1051.9 scorched in the glistening Sun.
Close up of Falcon 9 logo, grid fins and block number (51) B1051 | Photo: Photo: Jon Van Horne

The Falcon 9 rocket booster B1051.9 is now the SpaceX life leader. The closest to it is Falcon 9 B1049.8. What will be next? A ninth or tenth flight? We will have to wait and see as SpaceX continues to dominate the spaceflight reusability market. Let us know what you think and comment below in the comments section.

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