Space Coast, FL – A seven times reused SpaceX Falcon 9 takes the spotlight today. B1058.7 makes it’s seventh launch from SLC-40 and landed on ASDS Of Course I Still Love You in the Atlantic Ocean.
SpaceX Falcon 9 Reusability
The Falcon 9 rocket booster that flew this mission had previously flown NASA Astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley to the ISS. It also supported missions: ANASIS-II, CRS-21, Transporter-1 and two Starlink missions. Today's mission marked it's 7th flight and landing. The landing was preformed by the SpaceX Fleet in the Atlantic Ocean.
Just as Falcon 9s are reused, so are the fairings. Fairings encapsulate the payloads on certain launches. One half of Falcon 9's fairing was previously used on AMOS-17 and two Starlink missions. The other half was previously used on a Starlink MIssion.
Today's launch was the first daytime launch of the last six launches on Space Coast, Florida. The clear air and sky made for an impressive sight for most viewers in and around most of Florida. Next up, to date, is the Crew-2 mission which is slated for April 22, 2021 at 0611 EDT (1011 UTC). We'll be covering as much as we can. Be sure to stay posted here on our website or our social media channels.
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