List of Falcon 9 first-stage boosters

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Left to right: Falcon 9 v1.0, v1.1, v1.2 "Full Thrust", Falcon 9 Block 5, Falcon Heavy, and Falcon Heavy Block 5.

A Falcon 9 first-stage booster is a reusable rocket booster used on the Falcon 9 and Falcon Heavy orbital launch vehicles manufactured by SpaceX. The manufacture of first-stage booster constitutes about 60% of the launch price of a single Falcon 9 (and three of them over 80% of the launch price of a Falcon Heavy), which led SpaceX to develop a program dedicated to recovery and reuse of these boosters for a significant decrease in launch costs. After multiple attempts, some as early as 2010, at controlling the reentry of the first stage after its separation from the second stage, the first successful controlled landing of a first stage occurred on 22 December 2015, on the first flight of the Full Thrust version. Since then, Falcon 9 first-stage boosters have been landed and recovered 79 times out of 90 attempts, including synchronized recoveries of the side-boosters of the Falcon Heavy test flight, Arabsat-6A, and STP-2 missions. One out of three Falcon Heavy center boosters landed softly but it was severely damaged during transport.

In total 25 recovered boosters have been refurbished and subsequently flown a second time including several boosters with three to six missions and one booster with eight and nine missions each. SpaceX intentionally limited Block 3 and Block 4 boosters to flying only two missions each,[1][2] but the company expects the Block 5 versions to achieve 10 flights each with only minor refurbishment.[3]

Booster names are a B followed by a four-digit number. The first Falcon 9 version, v1.0, had boosters B0001 to B0007. All following boosters were numbered sequentially starting at B1001.

List of boosters[edit]

Block 5[edit]

Block 5 is the final iteration of the Falcon 9 and Falcon Heavy boosters. Changes include a stronger heat shield, upgraded engines, new carbon composite sections (landing legs, engine sections, raceways, RCS thrusters and interstage), retractable landing legs, titanium grid fins, and other additions that simplify refurbishment and allow for easier reusability. SpaceX claims that a Block 5 booster can fly ten times or more. On March 14, 2021, during the Starlink-L21 mission, B1051 was the first to complete nine launches and landings and is currently the "fleet leader" of boosters. B1049, first launched in September 2018, is the oldest and earliest launched of the active Falcon 9 boosters, and has completed 8 launches and landings to date. Three Block 5 boosters have been expended; six have been lost due to failed landings, destruction on ocean impact, or being lost during recovery. SpaceX built 6 Block 5 boosters in 2018, 7 in 2019 and 5 in 2020.

Falcon 9 block 5 first-stage boosters[4]
S/N Type Launches Launch date (UTC)[5] Flight №[a] Turnaround time Payload[b] Launch (pad) Landing
(location)
Status[c]
B1046 F9 4 11 May 2018 F9-054 N/A Bangabandhu-1[6] Success (39A) Success (OCISLY) Expended
7 August 2018 F9-060 88 days Telkom-4 Merah Putih[7] Success (40) Success (OCISLY)
3 December 2018 F9-064 118 days SHERPA (SSO-A)[6][8] Success (4E) Success (JRTI)
19 January 2020[9] F9-079 412 days Dragon C205 (In-Flight Abort Test)[10] Success (39A) No attempt
B1047 F9 3 22 July 2018 F9-058 N/A Telstar 19V[11] Success (40) Success (OCISLY) Expended
16 November 2018 F9-063 116 days Es'hail 2[12] Success (39A) Success (OCISLY)
6 August 2019[13] F9-074 263 days Amos-17[14] Success (40) No attempt[15]
B1048 F9 5 25 July 2018 F9-059 N/A Iridium NEXT × 10 (NEXT-7)[11] Success (4E) Success (JRTI) Destroyed during landing failure
8 October 2018 F9-062 75 days SAOCOM 1A[16] Success (4E) Success (LZ-4)
22 February 2019 F9-068 137 days Nusantara Satu / Beresheet[17][18] Success (40) Success (OCISLY)
11 November 2019 F9-075 262 days Starlink × 60 (v1.0 L1) Success (40) Success (OCISLY)
18 March 2020 F9-083 128 days Starlink × 60 (v1.0 L5)[19] Success (39A) Failure (OCISLY)
B1049 F9 8 10 September 2018 F9-061 N/A Telstar 18V / Apstar 5C[20] Success (40) Success (OCISLY) Awaiting Assignment
11 January 2019 F9-067 123 days Iridium NEXT × 10 (NEXT-8)[21] Success (4E) Success (JRTI)
24 May 2019 F9-071 133 days Starlink × 60 (v0.9)[22] Success (40) Success (OCISLY)
7 January 2020 F9-078 228 days Starlink × 60 (v1.0 L2)[23] Success (40) Success (OCISLY)
4 June 2020 F9-086 149 days Starlink × 60 (v1.0 L7)[24] Success (40) Success (JRTI)
18 August 2020 F9-091 75 days Starlink × 58 (v1.0 L10)[25] Success (40) Success (OCISLY)
25 November 2020 F9-100 99 days Starlink × 60 (v1.0 L15) Success (40) Success (OCISLY)
4 March 2021 F9-109 99 days Starlink × 60 (v1.0 L17)[26] Success (39A) Success (OCISLY)
B1050 F9 1 5 December 2018 F9-065 N/A Dragon C112 (CRS-16)[6] Success (40) Failure (LZ-1) Scrapped[d]
B1051 F9 9 2 March 2019[27] F9-069 N/A Dragon C204 (Demo-1) Success (39A) Success (OCISLY) Awaiting Assignment
12 June 2019 F9-072 102 days RCM × 3[28] Success (4E) Success (LZ-4)
29 January 2020 F9-080 231 days Starlink × 60 (v1.0 L3) Success (40) Success (OCISLY)
22 April 2020 F9-084 84 days Starlink × 60 (v1.0 L6)[29] Success (39A) Success (OCISLY)
7 August 2020 F9-090 107 days Starlink × 57 (v1.0 L9) Success (39A) Success (OCISLY)
18 October 2020 F9-095 72 days Starlink × 60 (v1.0 L13) Success (39A) Success (OCISLY)
13 December 2020 F9-102 56 days SXM 7[30] Success (40) Success (JRTI)
20 January 2021 F9-105 38 days Starlink × 60 (v1.0 L16)[31] Success (39A) Success (JRTI)
14 March 2021 F9-111 53 days Starlink × 60 (v1.0 L21)[32] Success (39A) Success (OCISLY)
B1052 FH side 2 11 April 2019 FH-002 N/A Arabsat-6A[28] Success (39A) Success (LZ-1) Unknown[e]
25 June 2019 FH-003 75 days COSMIC-2 (STP-2)[28] Success (39A) Success (LZ-1)
B1053 FH side 2 11 April 2019 FH-002 N/A Arabsat-6A[28] Success (39A) Success (LZ-2) Unknown[e]
25 June 2019 FH-003 75 days COSMIC-2 (STP-2)[28] Success (39A) Success (LZ-2)
B1054 F9 1 23 December 2018 F9-066 N/A GPS III SV01 Vespucci[33] Success (40) No attempt[34] Expended
B1055 FH core 1 11 April 2019 FH-002 N/A Arabsat-6A Success (39A) Success (OCISLY) Destroyed during recovery[f]
B1056 F9 4 4 May 2019[36] F9-070 N/A Dragon C113 (CRS-17) Success (40) Success (OCISLY) Lost at sea
25 July 2019 F9-073 82 days Dragon C108 (CRS-18)[37] Success (40) Success (LZ-1)
17 December 2019 F9-077 146 days JCSAT-18[38] Success (40) Success (OCISLY)
17 February 2020 F9-081 62 days Starlink × 60 (v1.0 L4)[39] Success (40) Failure (OCISLY)
B1057 FH core 1 25 June 2019 FH-003 N/A COSMIC-2 (STP-2)[38] Success (39A) Failure (OCISLY) Destroyed during landing failure
B1058
NASA Worm logo.svg
F9 7 30 May 2020[40] F9-085 N/A Dragon C206 Endeavour (Demo-2)[41]NASA Commercial Crew Program logo (cropped).svg Success (39A) Success (OCISLY) Refurbishing
20 July 2020 F9-089 51 days ANASIS-II Success (40) Success (JRTI)
6 October 2020[42] F9-094 78 days Starlink × 60 (v1.0 L12) Success (39A) Success (OCISLY)
6 December 2020[43] F9-101 60 days Dragon C208 (CRS-21) Success (39A) Success (OCISLY)
24 January 2021 F9-106 49 days Transporter-1[44] Success (40) Success (OCISLY)
11 March 2021 F9-110 46 days Starlink × 60 (v1.0 L20)[45] Success (40) Success (JRTI)
7 April 2021 F9-113 27 days Starlink × 60 (v1.0 L23) Success (40) Success (OCISLY)
B1059 F9 6 5 December 2019[36] F9-076 N/A Dragon C106 (CRS-19) Success (40) Success (OCISLY) Destroyed during landing failure[g]
7 March 2020[46] F9-082 93 days Dragon C112 (CRS-20) Success (40) Success (LZ-1)
13 June 2020 F9-087 98 days Starlink × 58 (v1.0 L8) Success (40) Success (OCISLY)
30 August 2020 F9-092 78 days SAOCOM 1B[25] Success (40) Success (LZ-1)
19 December 2020 F9-103 111 days NROL-108[47] Success (39A) Success (LZ-1)
16 February 2021 F9-108 59 days Starlink × 60 (v1.0 L19)[48] Success (40) Failure (OCISLY)[49]
B1060 F9 6 30 June 2020[50] F9-088 N/A GPS III SV03 Matthew Henson Success (40) Success (JRTI) Awaiting Launch
3 September 2020 F9-093 65 days Starlink × 60 (v1.0 L11) Success (40) Success (OCISLY)
24 October 2020 F9-096 51 days Starlink × 60 (v1.0 L14) Success (40) Success (JRTI)
8 January 2021 F9-104 76 days Türksat 5A[51] Success (40) Success (JRTI)
4 February 2021 F9-107 27 days Starlink × 60 (v1.0 L18)[52] Success (40) Success (OCISLY)
24 March 2021 F9-112 48 days Starlink × 60 (v1.0 L22)[53] Success (40) Success (OCISLY)
28 April 2021 F9-xxx 35 days Starlink × 60 (v1.0 L24)[54] Planned (40) Planned (D)
B1061
NASA Worm logo.svg
F9 1 15 November 2020[43] F9-098 N/A Dragon C207 Resilience (Crew-1)NASA Commercial Crew Program logo (cropped).svg Success (39A) Success (JRTI) Awaiting Launch
22 April 2021 F9-xxx 158 days Dragon C206 Endeavour (Crew-2)NASA Commercial Crew Program logo (cropped).svg Planned (39A) Planned (OCISLY)
15 September 2021 F9-xxx 182 days Dragon C207 Resilience (Inspiration-4)Inspiration4 Patch Art.png Planned (39A) Planned (D)
B1062 F9 1 5 November 2020[43] F9-097 N/A GPS III SV04 Sacagawea Success (40) Success (OCISLY) Awaiting Launch[55]
17 June 2021[56] F9-xxx 224 days GPS III SV05 Neil Armstrong Planned Planned (D)
B1063 F9 1 21 November 2020 F9-099 N/A Sentinel-6 Michael Freilich Success (4E) Success (LZ-4) Awaiting Assignment[57]
B1064 FH side 0 July 2021 FH-xxx N/A USSF-44 Planned (39A) Planned (D) Awaiting Launch[58]
B1065 FH side 0 July 2021 FH-xxx N/A USSF-44 Planned (39A) Planned (D) Awaiting Launch[59]
B1066 FH core 0 July 2021 FH-xxx N/A USSF-44 Planned (39A) No attempt[60] Awaiting Launch[61]
B1067 F9 0 3 June 2021[62] F9-xxx N/A SpaceX CRS-22 Planned (39A) Planned (D) Testing Phase[63]
  1. ^ Entries with colored background and ♺ symbol denote flights using refurbished boosters from previous flights.
  2. ^ Mission names are presented in parentheses when applicable.
  3. ^ Entries with colored background are presumed available as active fleet: those which have not been expended, destroyed or officially retired.
  4. ^ B1050 performed a controlled ocean landing near the coast, and was then recovered from the water and scrapped for parts.
  5. ^ a b May be used on future non-USSF FH mission
  6. ^ Falcon Heavy core B1055 landed safely, but later fell over on the drone ship platform during transit back to Cape Canaveral in rough seas. At the time, the engines were described as perhaps recoverable, the status of the other components of the booster was not stated.[35]
  7. ^ Falcon 9 B1059 had a hole in one of it's "boots" (protective thermal blankets) which lead to one of the engines catching fire and shutting down during re-entry and the booster impacted the ocean.

Full Thrust up to Block 4[edit]

Falcon 9 Full Thrust (or sometimes called Falcon 9 version 1.2) was the first version of the Falcon 9 to successfully land. Changes included a larger fuel tank, uprated engines and superchilled propellant and oxidizer to increase performance. Five different versions of Full Thrust have been produced, Block 1 to 4 (all retired) are found in this list while the active Block 5 is listed separately. Block 4 was a test version that included new hardware like titanium grid fins later used for the next and final major version of the Falcon 9, Block 5. Flights of all Falcon 9 rockets up to Block 4 were limited to 2 flights only, with a total of 14 second flights of these variants. The boosters were either retired or expended after that second launch.

Since no data is provided, F9s listed as simply "FT" (Full Thrust) denote Blocks 1 to 3, while Block 4 is listed as "FT Block 4". All boosters are Falcon 9s, unless otherwise noted. Boosters B1023 and B1025 were Falcon 9 boosters, which were converted to Falcon Heavy side boosters for the Falcon Heavy test flight.

S/N Version Launch date (UTC)[5] Flight №[a] Turnaround Payload[b] Launch Landing Status
B1019 FT 22 December 2015 F9-020 N/A Orbcomm OG2 × 11 Success (40) Success (LZ-1) [64] Retired[65]
B1020 FT 4 March 2016 F9-022 N/A SES-9 Success (40) Failure Destroyed[66]
B1021 FT 8 April 2016 F9-023 N/A Dragon C110 (CRS-8)[67] Success (40) Success (OCISLY) Retired[68]
30 March 2017 F9-032 11m 22d SES-10[67] Success (39A) Success (OCISLY) [69][70]
B1022 FT 6 May 2016 F9-024 N/A JCSAT-14[71] Success (40) Success (OCISLY) Retired[71]
B1023 FT (turned

into FH side)

27 May 2016 F9-025 N/A Thaicom 8[72] Success Success (OCISLY) [73] Retired[74]
6 February 2018 FH-001 1y 8m 10d Tesla Roadster Success (39A) Success (LZ-1)
B1024 FT 15 June 2016 F9-026 N/A ABS-2A / Eutelsat 117 West B Success (40) Failure Destroyed[75]
B1025 FT (turned

into FH side)

18 July 2016 F9-027 N/A Dragon C111 (CRS-9)[76] Success (40) Success (LZ-1) Retired[74]
6 February 2018 FH-001 1y 6m 19d Tesla Roadster Success (39A) Success (LZ-2)
B1026 FT 14 August 2016 F9-028 N/A JCSAT-16 Success (40) Success (OCISLY) [77] Retired[74]
B1027 FH test Manufactured in 2016[78] N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
B1028 FT 3 September 2016[79] N/A[c] N/A Amos-6 Precluded[80] Precluded Destroyed[80]
B1029 FT 14 January 2017 F9-029 N/A Iridium NEXT × 10 (NEXT-1)[81] Success (4E) Success (JRTI) Retired[74]
23 June 2017 F9-036 5m 9d BulgariaSat-1[82] Success (39A) Success (OCISLY) [83]
B1030 FT 16 March 2017 F9-031 N/A EchoStar 23[84] Success (39A) No attempt[85] Expended
B1031 FT 19 February 2017 F9-030 N/A Dragon C112 (CRS-10)[86] Success (39A) Success (LZ-1) [87] Retired[74]
11 October 2017 F9-043 7m 22d SES-11[87] Success (39A) Success (OCISLY)
B1032 FT 1 May 2017 F9-033 N/A USA-276 (NROL-76)[88] Success (39A) Success (LZ-1) Expended[89]
31 January 2018 F9-048 8m 30d GovSat-1 / SES-16[90] Success (40) Controlled (ocean) [d]
B1033 FT (FH core) 6 February 2018 FH-001 N/A Tesla Roadster Success (39A) Failure Destroyed[91]
B1034 FT 15 May 2017 F9-034 N/A Inmarsat-5 F4[92] Success (39A) No attempt[85] Expended
B1035 FT 3 June 2017 F9-035 N/A Dragon C106 (CRS-11)[93] Success (39A) Success (LZ-1) Retired[74]
Museum (since March 2020)[94][95]
15 December 2017 F9-045 6m 12d Dragon C108 (CRS-13)[96] Success (40) Success (LZ-1) [97]
B1036 FT 25 June 2017 F9-037 N/A Iridium NEXT × 10 (NEXT-2)[98] Success (4E) Success (JRTI) Expended
23 December 2017 F9-046 5m 28d Iridium NEXT × 10 (NEXT-4)[99] Success (4E) Controlled (ocean)
B1037 FT 5 July 2017 F9-038 N/A Intelsat 35e[100] Success (39A) No attempt[85] Expended
B1038 FT 24 August 2017 F9-040 N/A Formosat-5[101] Success (4E) Success (JRTI) Expended
22 February 2018 F9-049 5m 29d Paz Success (4E) No attempt[85]
B1039 FT Block 4 14 August 2017 F9-039 N/A Dragon C113 (CRS-12)[102] Success (39A) Success (LZ-1) Expended
2 April 2018 F9-052 7m 19d Dragon C110 (CRS-14)[103] Success (40) No attempt[104]
B1040 FT Block 4 7 September 2017 F9-041 N/A Boeing X-37B (OTV-5)[105] Success (39A) Success (LZ-1) Expended
4 June 2018 F9-056 8m 28d SES-12[106] Success (40) [107] No attempt[85]
B1041 FT Block 4 9 October 2017 F9-042 N/A Iridium NEXT × 10 (NEXT-3)[108][109] Success (4E) Success (JRTI) Expended
30 March 2018 F9-051 5m 21d Iridium NEXT × 10 (NEXT-5)[110][111] Success (4E) No attempt[110]
B1042 FT Block 4 30 October 2017 F9-044 N/A Koreasat 5A[112] Success (39A) Success (OCISLY) Retired[2]
B1043 FT Block 4 8 January 2018 F9-047 N/A Zuma[113] Success (40) [114] Success (LZ-1) Expended
22 May 2018 F9-055 4m 14d Iridium NEXT × 5 (NEXT-6) / GRACE-FO × 2 Success (4E) No attempt[85]
B1044 FT Block 4 6 March 2018 F9-050 N/A Hispasat 30W-6 Success (40) No attempt[103] Expended
B1045 FT Block 4 18 April 2018 F9-053 N/A TESS[103] Success (40) Success (OCISLY) Expended
29 June 2018 F9-057 2m 11d Dragon C111 (CRS-15)[2] Success (40) [115] No attempt[2]
  1. ^ Entries with colored background and ♺ symbol denote flights using refurbished boosters from previous flights.
  2. ^ Mission names are presented in parentheses when applicable.
  3. ^ Some sources list this scheduled launch in the total launch count, and list this as the 29th Falcon 9 launch.[4]
  4. ^ Terminated after landing

v1.0 and v1.1[edit]

These boosters were the first 2 major versions of the Falcon 9. Version 1.0 of the Falcon 9 was the first version. The Falcon 9 looked very different from what it does today and it was much smaller and had much less power. On the maiden flight and second flight of V 1.0, SpaceX included basic recovery hardware (parachutes) to try and recover the booster. However, the boosters broke up on re-entry due to aerodynamic forces both times, SpaceX gave up on parachutes and decided to pursue propulsive landings instead. First came some controlled water landings, then came the attempts on the drone ship "Just Read the Instructions 1". None of these boosters were recovered or survived landing after an orbital launch. Two test devices made several short flights each.

S/N[a] Version Launch date (UTC)[5] Flight № Payload[b] Launch Landing Status
B0001 v1.0 test Manufactured in 2007[117] N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
B0002 v1.0 test September 2012–October 2013
(8 test flights)[118][119][120]
N/A N/A Suborbital 8 test landings achieved[121] Retired[120]
B0003 v1.0 4 June 2010 F9-001 Dragon Spacecraft Qualification Unit Success (40) [122] Failure (ocean splashdown) [123] Destroyed
B0004 v1.0 8 December 2010 F9-002 Dragon C101 (COTS Demo Flight 1) Success (40) Failure (ocean splashdown) Destroyed
[citation needed]
B0005 v1.0 22 May 2012 F9-003 Dragon C102 (COTS Demo Flight 2) Success (40) No attempt Expended
[citation needed]
B0006 v1.0 8 October 2012 F9-004 Dragon C103 (CRS-1) Partial success (40) [124] No attempt Expended
B0007 v1.0 1 March 2013 F9-005 Dragon C104 (CRS-2) Success (40) No attempt Expended
B1001 v1.1 test Manufactured in 2012[125] N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
B1002 v1.1 test April–August 2014
(5 test flights)[126][127]
N/A N/A Suborbital 4 test landings achieved[121] Destroyed[128]
B1003 v1.1 29 September 2013 F9-006 CASSIOPE Success (4E) Failure (ocean splashdown) Destroyed
B1004 v1.1 3 December 2013 F9-007 SES-8 Success (40) No attempt[129] Expended
B1005 v1.1 6 January 2014 F9-008 Thaicom 6 Success (40) No attempt[129] Expended
B1006 v1.1 18 April 2014 F9-009 Dragon C105 (CRS-3) Success (40) Controlled (ocean) Expended
B1007 v1.1 17 July 2014 F9-010 Orbcomm OG2 × 6 Success (40) Controlled (ocean) Expended
B1008 v1.1 5 August 2014 F9-011 AsiaSat 8 Success (40) No attempt[130] Expended
B1009 v1.1 test Manufactured in 2014[131] N/A N/A N/A N/A Never completed[132]
B1010 v1.1 21 September 2014 F9-013 Dragon C106 (CRS-4) Success (40) Failure (ocean splashdown) Destroyed
B1011 v1.1 7 September 2014 F9-012 AsiaSat 6 / Thaicom 7 Success (40) No attempt[129] Expended
B1012 v1.1 10 January 2015 F9-014 Dragon C107 (CRS-5) Success (40) Failure Destroyed
B1013 v1.1 11 February 2015 F9-015 DSCOVR Success (40) Controlled (ocean) Expended
B1014 v1.1 2 March 2015 F9-016 ABS-3A / Eutelsat 115 West B Success (40) No attempt[129] Expended
B1015 v1.1 14 April 2015 F9-017 Dragon C108 (CRS-6) Success (40) Failure Destroyed
B1016 v1.1 27 April 2015 F9-018 TürkmenÄlem 52°E / MonacoSAT Success (40) No attempt[129] Expended
B1017 v1.1 17 January 2016 F9-021 Jason-3 Success (4E) Failure Destroyed
B1018 v1.1 28 June 2015 F9-019 Dragon C109 (CRS-7) Failure (40) Precluded Destroyed
  1. ^ Exact assignment of boosters B1004–B1009 is not well documented. Sequential numbering according to Jake Meyer's "SpaceX Data" API.[116]
  2. ^ Mission names are presented in parentheses when applicable.

Statistics[edit]

Rockets from the Falcon 9 family have been launched 116 times over 11 years, resulting in 114 full mission successes (98%), one partial success (SpaceX CRS-1 delivered its cargo to the International Space Station (ISS), but a secondary payload was stranded in a lower-than-planned orbit), and one failure (the SpaceX CRS-7 spacecraft was lost in flight). Additionally, one rocket and its payload Amos-6 were destroyed before launch in preparation for an on-pad static fire test.

The first rocket version Falcon 9 v1.0 was launched five times from June 2010 to March 2013, its successor Falcon 9 v1.1 15 times from September 2013 to January 2016, and the latest upgrade Falcon 9 Full Thrust 93 times from December 2015 to present, 41 of which using a re-flown first stage booster. Falcon Heavy was launched once in February 2018, incorporating two refurbished first stages as side boosters, and then again in April and June 2019, the June 2019 flight reusing the side booster from the previous flight. The final "Block 4" booster to be produced was flown in April 2018, and the first Block 5 version in May 2018. While Block 4 boosters were only flown twice and required several months of refurbishment, Block 5 versions are designed to sustain 10 flights with just inspections.[3]

The rocket's first-stage boosters landed successfully in 79 of 90 attempts (88%), with 55 out of 60 (92%) for the Block 5 version.


Booster turnaround time[edit]

This chart displays the turnaround time, in months, between two flights of each booster. As of February 2021 the shortest turnaround time was 27 days, for the fifth flight of B1060. Boosters that are still likely to be re-used (active fleet) are highlighted in bold and with an asterisk.

5
10
15
20
25
30
25
31
32
35
36
38
39
40
41
43
45
52*
53*
58*
59
60*
61*
62*
63*
  •   Falcon 9 FT v1.2
  •   FT–Heavy sides[a]
  •   Block 4
  •   Block 5 flight 2
  •   Block 5 flight 3
  •   Block 5 flight 4
  •   Block 5 flight 5
  •   Block 5 flight 6
  •   Block 5 flight 7
  •   Block 5 flight 8
  •   Block 5 flight 9
  •   Falcon Heavy side
  •   Planned launch
  1. ^ Full Thrust Boosters B1023 and B1025 were converted to side boosters for the Falcon Heavy test flight of February 2018. This configuration will never fly again, as future Falcon Heavy missions have used a modified variant of Block 5 modules as side boosters.

Full Thrust booster flight counts[edit]

This chart lists how often boosters were flown. It is limited to the Full Thrust versions as previous versions were never recovered intact. The entries for Block 5 include active boosters that can make additional flights in the future. Blocks 1-3 made 27 flights with 18 boosters (1.5 flights per booster), Block 4 made 12 flights with 7 boosters (1.7 flights per booster). As of 7 April 2021, Block 5 made 57 flights with 14 boosters (4.1 flights per booster) with Falcon 9.

5
10
15
20
1 flight
2 flights
3 flights
4 flights
5 flights
6 flights
7 flights
8 flights
9 flights

Falcon 9 FT booster timeline[edit]

This timeline displays all launches of Falcon 9 boosters starting with the first launch of Full Thrust. Active boosters that are expected to make additional flights in the future are marked with an asterisk. Single flights are marked with vertical lines. For boosters having performed several launches bars indicate the turnaround time for each flight.

Notable boosters[edit]

B0002 Grasshopper[edit]

Grasshopper performing a 325-meter flight

Grasshopper consisted of "a Falcon 9 first-stage tank, a single Merlin-1D engine" with a height of 32 m (105 ft).[133]

Grasshopper began flight testing in September 2012 with a brief, three-second hop, followed by a second hop in November 2012 with an 8-second flight that took the testbed approximately 5.4 m (18 ft) off the ground, and a third flight in December 2012 of 29 seconds duration, with extended hover under rocket engine power, in which it ascended to an altitude of 40 m (130 ft) before descending under rocket power to come to a successful vertical landing.[134] Grasshopper made its eighth, and final, test flight on 7 October 2013, flying to an altitude of 744 m (2,441 ft) before making its eighth successful vertical landing.[135] Grasshopper is now retired.[120]

B1019[edit]

Falcon 9 B1019 immediately before landing on Landing Zone 1

Falcon 9 B1019 was the first Full Thrust booster, and was first launched on 22 December 2015 for Falcon 9 flight 20 and landed on the Landing Zone 1 (LZ-1). It became the first orbital-class rocket booster to perform a successful return to launch site and vertical landing.[136][137][138]

SpaceX decided not to fly the B1019 again.[139] Rather, the rocket was moved a few miles north, refurbished by SpaceX at the adjacent Kennedy Space Center, to conduct a static fire test. This test aimed to assess the health of the recovered booster and the capability of this rocket design to fly repeatedly in the future.[140][136] The historic booster was eventually displayed outside SpaceX headquarters in Hawthorne, California.

B1021[edit]

Falcon 9 B1021 aboard the Of Course I Still Love You drone ship after landing from the SpaceX CRS-8 mission.

Falcon 9 B1021 was the first booster to be re-flown. It was first launched on 8 April 2016 carrying a Dragon spacecraft and Bigelow Expandable Activity Module (BEAM) on the SpaceX CRS-8 mission and landed 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 and recovered successfully a second time. This event marks a milestone in SpaceX's drive to develop reusable rockets and reduce launch costs.[67][141][142][143][144] Following the second flight, SpaceX stated that they plan to retire this booster and donate it to Cape Canaveral for public display.[145][146]

B1046[edit]

B1046 was the first Block 5 Falcon 9, the final version of the SpaceX first stage. It was first launched on 11 May 2018, carrying Bangabandhu-1, Bangladesh's first geostationary communications satellite. This marked the 54th flight of the Falcon 9 and the first flight of the Falcon 9 Block 5.[147] After completing a successful ascent, B1046 landed on the drone ship Of Course I Still Love You. After inspection and refurbishment, B1046 was launched a second time on 7 August 2018, carrying the Telkom-4 (Merah Putih) satellite. The Telkom-4 mission marked the first time an orbital-class rocket booster launched two GTO missions. This was also the first re-flight of a Block 5 booster.[148] Four months after the Telkom-4 mission, B1046 arrived at Vandenberg Air Force Base to support the SSO-A mission. Following delays for additional satellite checks,[149] liftoff occurred from SLC-4E on 3 December 2018. This marked the first time that the same orbital-class booster flew three times.[150] Its fourth and last mission launched a Crew Dragon capsule up to the point of maximum dynamic pressure, where it separated to test its abort system in flight.

B1048[edit]

B1048 was the third Falcon 9 Block 5 to fly and the second Block 5 booster to re-fly, and the first booster ever to be launched four, then five times. During the last launch, an engine shut down seconds before the planned shutdown, becoming only the second time a Merlin engine failed since the failure during the SpaceX CRS-1 in October 2012. The primary mission was unaffected and the Starlink payload deployed successfully,[151] further confirming the reliability of the rocket due to redundancy of the engines. With reduced fuel, B1048 was unable to sufficiently slow down its descent, and thus was unable to land.[152]

B1049[edit]

B1049 is the fourth Falcon 9 Block 5 booster. It was the first to successfully launch and land seven times, respectively. It launched two commercial payloads, Telstar 18V and the eighth Iridium NEXT batch, and six internal Starlink batches.[153]

B1051[edit]

B1051 is the sixth Falcon 9 Block 5 booster built. It first flew on March 2, 2019, on the DM-1 mission. It then flew its second mission out of Vandenburg AFB launching the Radarsat constellation. It then flew 4 Starlink missions and launched SXM-7, totaling 5 flights in 2020 alone, and becoming the first Falcon 9 to launch a commercial payload on its 7th flight. On March 14, 2021, B1051 became the first booster to launched and land successfully nine times and is the current Falcon life leader.

B1058[edit]

Falcon 9 B1058 and Dragon rolling out to the launch pad, bearing the NASA "worm" logo.

Falcon 9 B1058 was first launched on 30 May 2020, from Kennedy Space Center Launch Complex 39A (Apollo 11 launch site). It carried NASA astronauts Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken to the International Space Station. It was the first crewed orbital spaceflight launched from the United States since the final Space Shuttle mission, and the first crewed flight test of Dragon 2. It was the first crewed orbital spaceflight by a private company. The booster was the first Falcon 9 booster to feature NASA's "worm logo", last used in 1992.[154]

B1061[edit]

Falcon 9 B1061 first launched Crew-1 to the ISS, the first operational flight of Crew Dragon. Following a landing on a drone ship the booster is expected to be reused on Crew-2 in April 2021, making it the first booster reuse on a crewed flight.[155]

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