Falcon 9 booster B1021

Falcon 9 booster B1021 is a first-stage reusable rocket booster for the Falcon 9 orbital launch vehicle manufactured by SpaceX.[1][2] B1021 became the first rocket to land vertically on a ship at sea[3] and is the first orbital-class first-stage booster to have been reflown[4] in the history of rocketry.

Falcon 9 booster B1021
B1021 being transferred from the drone ship back to land at Port Canaveral after the CRS-8 mission
Role First stage of orbital rocket
National origin United States
Type Falcon 9 first-stage booster
Manufacturer SpaceX
Construction number B1021
First flight 8 April 2016 (CRS-8)
Last flight 30 March 2017 (SES-10)
Flights 2
Status Retired

Flight history

This Falcon 9 booster was first launched on 8 April 2016 for Falcon 9 flight 23 carrying a Dragon spacecraft on the CRS-8 mission to the International Space Station and landed vertically on an autonomous spaceport drone ship (ASDS). After recovery, inspections and refurbishing, it was launched again on 30 March 2017 for the SES-10 mission (Falcon 9 flight 32) and recovered successfully a second time. This event marks a milestone in SpaceX's drive to develop reusable rockets and reduce launch costs.[1][2][5][6][7][8] Following the second flight, SpaceX stated that they plan to retire this booster and donate it to Cape Canaveral for public display.[9][10]

Flight # Launch date (UTC) Mission# Payload Liftoff Landing Landing location Notes
1 8 April 2016 23 CRS-8 Of Course I Still Love You (ASDS) Historic first successful rocket landing on an ocean-going vessel[3][5][11]
2 30 March 2017 32 SES-10 Of Course I Still Love You (ASDS) First reflight of an orbital-class booster rocket[5][1][2][12]

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