What Makes SpaceX\\\\\\\'s Most-flown Rocket So Addictive That You Never Want To Miss One?

What Makes SpaceX\\\\\\\'s Most-flown Rocket So Addictive That You Never Want To Miss One?
What Makes SpaceX\\\\\\\'s Most-flown Rocket So Addictive That You Never Want To Miss One?


Cape Canaveral, Fla. - SpaceX's most flying rocket, a Falcon 9 booster that has flown a historic nine times, returned home to Port Canaveral, Florida after delivering a batch of Starlink satellites early last week.


The Falcon 9 rocket - designated B1051 - returned to port on 16 March. It appeared on the horizon and slowly moved into the canal on Tuesday afternoon, with the SpaceX drone ship "Course I Still Love You" for its dock. The rocket launched 60 SpaceX Starlink satellites into orbit on 14 March.


Small groups of spectators gathered in the evening at the Ports, hoping to catch a glimpse of Booster's return. Spot is not only a popular launch viewing location, but also a prime locale for viewing returning boats and first stage boosters.


A returning booster always draws a crowd, and today was no different. Because the arrival of the B1051 marked a special treatment: for the first time the port had not one, but two boosters.


The other rocket was the B1058, a six-time flight that exploded on its Starlink mission within a few days of the B1051's historic flight. Parade SpaceX's second drone ship "Just Read the Instructions", B1058, sailed into the port on 13 March.

What Makes SpaceX\\\\\\\'s Most-flown Rocket So Addictive That You Never Want To Miss One?
What Makes SpaceX\\\\\\\'s Most-flown Rocket So Addictive That You Never Want To Miss One?


At a grassy location near the SpaceX dock, a small audience waited to catch the victorious arrival of the B1051. As the drone ship moved, cameras clicked and excited spectators talked about the exterior of the booster.


The Booster's appearance, once white, was scorched in space and back — especially compared to the B1058, from its many journeys.

After six flights, the NASA worm logo of the B1058, once bright red, now appeared black, while the typically blue SpaceX logo on the B1051 barely appeared between the markings.


As SpaceX's most developed booster, the B1051 could make its 10th flight in the near future - a milestone working towards SpaceX.

What Makes SpaceX\\\\\\\'s Most-flown Rocket So Addictive That You Never Want To Miss One?
What Makes SpaceX\\\\\\\'s Most-flown Rocket So Addictive That You Never Want To Miss One?


When SpaceX debuted its upgraded Falcon 9, the company's founder and CEO Elon Musk said that each booster could fly 10 times more often with minimal refurbishments. This is due to a series of upgrades added to the vehicle in 2018, including improved engines, a more durable interstage (a connector between the first and second stages), titanium grid fins, and a more robust thermal protection system.


This combination allows the Falcon 9 to hold up better against launch stresses. With each recovery, SpaceX has learned more and more about launch wear and tear.


Now that the Falcon 9 booster is back in port, it will be off-loaded and then ready for travel. As soon as the B1058 is moved. This booster went horizontal on Wednesday so crews could take it and board the B1051.

SpaceX's twin fairing catchers - Go Miss Tree and Go Miss Chief - are still in port, armless, as they undergo some sort of maintenance. Right now SpaceX is relying on its two Dragon Recovery Boats (GO Inventor and GO Navigator) to evacuate the fairies from the sea.

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