We’ve written about it in the past, like me space rockets of the Falcon family, falcon 9 and Falcon Heavy revolutionized the attainment of orbit by reducing the necessary costs and allowing for their extensive reuse (thereby reducing the resources required to build new stadiums). SpaceX is also obviously focused on creating its next carrier, Starship, which unlike the Falcons will be fully reusable.
As work continues in Boca Chica, Texas, Elon Musk’s company continues to fly its Falcons, trying to achieve a cadence of around 100 km/h “every 3-4 days a start” for this 2023. To be able to do this, the key to the high reliability of the first states and the possibility of their rapid reuse is essential. Since then, a new record has been set first stage with code B1058 who achieved that 16 missions (and another provider will be added soon).
SpaceX has reused a Falcon 9 rocket 16 times
The mission took place on July 10 at 5:58 a.m. (Italian time) from Space Launch Complex 40 (SLC-40) at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida. The mission involved the placement in orbit of 22 Starlink satellites in LEO (Low Earth Orbit) and has been successfully completed, including the first landing in Earth orbit Drone Ship Just read the instructions (JRTI) about 8 minutes after takeoff.
Compared to other missions in the past, the satellites they were designed to launch were second generation Starlinks falcon 9. They are therefore different versions of both the first-generation Starlinks (which are smaller in order to be able to launch around 50 at a time) and the second-generation satellites, which can only be launched with Starship when the latter is operational.
In total SpaceX he started with that Boosters B01058: 11 Starlink Missions, Demo-2 Crew Dragon Capsule Test Mission, ANASIS-II Mission, Dragon CRS-2 Mission, Transporter 1 Mission and Transporter 3 Mission. Musk had previously stated that the Falcon 9 might have been limited to 20 launches. That limit could be exceeded due to the degree of wear and tear on components.
Another first level i will reach 16 reuses in a few hours. It’s about unity B1060. In this case, a mission will be to launch 54 first-generation Starlink satellites into orbit from the SLC-40 launch platform at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida. Previously, ten Starlink missions, the GPS III SV03 satellite, the Türksat 5A satellite, the Transporter 2 mission, the Galaxy 33 and 34 satellites, and the Transporter 6 mission were launched in the same first stage.