SpaceX’s latest Starlink mission marks first booster to fly nine times

SpaceX is ready to launch another batch of 60 Starlink satellites on the Starlink v.0 L21 mission from historic Launch Complex 39A, Kennedy Space Center. Liftoff is targeted for March 14 at 6:01 AM EDT (10:01 UTC). The flight is the 21st operational and the 22nd overall Starlink mission. This will mark the eighth Falcon 9 flight of the year, and the third in March, as SpaceX pursues their rapid launch cadence goals for 2021. The mission will also mark the first time a booster has flown nine missions.  Booster Reuse and Launch Preparations The Starlink v1.0 L21 mission will use a flight-proven Falcon 9 Block 5 booster, B1051-9. The “9” signifies that this mission is the stage’s ninth flight. This is the first time a booster has been used on nine launches, making B1051 the “fleet-leader” of SpaceX’s active Falcon cores. With this milestone, SpaceX will be nearing its goal of launching and landing a booster at least 10 times. B1051 is the second oldest active booster in the fleet. It made its debut on the uncrewed SpaceX Demo-1 mission from KSC in March 2019. It then supported the RADARSAT Constellation mission from Vandenberg, California, in June 2019.  B1051…

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SpaceX’s latest Starlink mission marks first booster to fly nine times

Updated: March 13, 2021 — 9:27 pm