Booster B1051 welcomed home for a sixth time
The Falcon 9 first stage booster used to lift the most recent batch of Starlink satellites has entered Port Canaveral, arriving in the early morning light of October 21, 2020.
Under cloudy skies and intermittent rain, members of the media and public were out to witness the return, seeing the six-time flown booster resting on the deck of the ASDS “Of Course I Still Love You”. The second SpaceX ASDS, “Just Read The Instructions”, is currently out of port preparing to recover another Falcon 9 set to launch later this week.
Early morning arrival of “Of Course I Still Love you”, the SpaceX ASDS droneship carrying six-time flown Flacon 9 booster, B1051. Credit: Theresa Cross, Spaceflight Insider
The first mission for B1051 was to loft an unmanned Crew Dragon on that spacecraft type’s first demonstration flight, (Demo-1). 19 months separate this booster’s first launch on March 5, 2019 and the sixth launch on Sunday past, with the latter flight and recovery marking the 62nd successful recovery of a Falcon9 booster, the 32nd to the deck of the ASDS “Of Course I Still Love You”.
Sean Costello is a technology professional who also researches, writes about and speaks publicly on the inspiring lessons within international space flight program. Prior to joining SpaceFlight Insider in early 2014, Costello was a freelance photographer and correspondent covering shuttle-era Kennedy Space Center launches for various radio and print news organizations.