Falcon 9 B1051 Returns… Again.

Space Coast, FL – The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket booster, B1051, returned to Port Canaveral. It’s latest mission was the launch of sixty Starlink satellites, designated Starlink L27.

SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket booster B1051 making it's way to Port Canaveral
SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket booster B1051 making it's way to Port Canaveral | Photo: Jon Van Horne

Falcon 9, The First Ten Times Reused

After a 4 day trip back to Port Canaveral, the Falcon 9 rocket booster B1051 has now become the life leader. This marks the tenth return of this specific rocket booster from SpaceX. So far, B1051 has flown for: Crew Dragon’s first demonstration mission (DM-1) to the ISS, the RADARSAT Constellation Mission, SXM-7 (SiriusXM-7), and currently eight Starlink missions.

Finn Falgout tows ASDS Just Read The Instructions
Finn Falgout tows ASDS Just Read The Instructions | Photo: Crystal Gabriel

The tug boat Finn Falgout towed ASDS Just Read The Instructions with B1051 from ~649km (~403mi) down range in the Atlantic Ocean. The SpaceX Fleet of ships work very diligently in order to make reusability possible. Depending on mission trajectory really depends on where the rocket booster is to land. This is why you may not always get an RTLS (Return To Launch Site) landing.

Humans for scale of the SpaceX first stage rocket booster's landing legs and engines
Humans for scale of the SpaceX first stage rocket booster's landing legs and engines | Photo: Jon Van Horne

Currently, the next Falcon 9 rocket booster following B1051-10 is B1049-9. That rocket booster just headed back to SpaceX facilities at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station. There it will be inspected, tested and refurbished for it's next flight. Coming up on May 15th is Falcon 9 B1058-8 for the next Starlink mission. It will be it's eighth flight and potential landing. Check out our launch schedule page for more details and launches.

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