List of Falcon 9 first-stage boosters

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A Falcon 9 first-stage booster is a first-stage 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 26 times out of 32 attempts, including a synchronized recovery of the two side-boosters of the Falcon Heavy debut launch.

As of 25 July 2018, 14 recovered boosters were refurbished and subsequently flown a second time, and one more may be scheduled to perform a test flight.[1] In addition, three new Block 5 boosters were recovered and could be available for future flights. SpaceX has intentionally limited Block 3 and Block 4 boosters to only flying two missions each,[2] but the company expects the Block 5 versions to achieve 10 flights each without major refurbishment.[3]

List of boosters[edit]

Falcon 9 first-stage boosters[4]
Core
[a]
Version Launch date
(UTC)[5]
Flight №[b] Turnaround time Payload Launch Landing Status
B0001 v1.0 test Manufactured in 2007[6] N/A N/A Structural test article N/A N/A N/A
B0002 v1.0 test September 2012–October 2013
(8 test flights)[7][8][9]
N/A N/A Grasshopper Suborbital 8 test landings achieved[10] Retired[9]
B0003 v1.0 4 June 2010 F9-001 N/A Dragon spacecraft qualification Success[11] Failure[12] Destroyed
B0004 v1.0 8 December 2010 F9-002 N/A Dragon demo flight C1 Success Failure Destroyed
[citation needed]
B0005 v1.0 22 May 2012 F9-003 N/A Dragon demo flight C2+ Success No attempt Expended
[citation needed]
B0006 v1.0 8 October 2012 F9-004 N/A Dragon CRS-1 Partial success[13] No attempt Expended
B0007 v1.0 1 March 2013 F9-005 N/A Dragon CRS-2 Success No attempt Expended
B1001 v1.1 test Manufactured in 2012[14] N/A N/A Structural test article N/A N/A N/A
B1002 v1.1 test April–August 2014
(5 test flights)[15][16]
N/A N/A F9R Dev1 Suborbital 4 test landings achieved[10] Destroyed[17]
B1003 v1.1 29 September 2013 F9-006 N/A CASSIOPE Success Failure Destroyed
B1004[c] v1.1 3 December 2013 F9-007 N/A SES-8 Success No attempt[18] Expended
B1005[c] v1.1 6 January 2014 F9-008 N/A Thaicom 6 Success No attempt[18] Expended
B1006[c] v1.1 18 April 2014 F9-009 N/A Dragon CRS-3 Success Controlled (ocean) Expended
B1007[c] v1.1 17 July 2014 F9-010 N/A Orbcomm OG2-1
(6 satellites)
Success Controlled (ocean) Expended
B1008[c] v1.1 5 August 2014 F9-011 N/A AsiaSat 8 Success No attempt[18] Expended
B100x[c] v1.1 test Manufactured in 2014[20] N/A N/A F9R Dev2 N/A N/A Never completed[21]
B1010 v1.1 21 September 2014 F9-013 N/A Dragon CRS-4 Success Failure Destroyed
B1011 v1.1 7 September 2014 F9-012 N/A AsiaSat 6 / Thaicom 7 Success No attempt[18] Expended
B1012 v1.1 10 January 2015 F9-014 N/A Dragon CRS-5 Success Failure[22] Destroyed
B1013 v1.1 11 February 2015 F9-015 N/A DSCOVR Success Controlled (ocean) Expended
B1014 v1.1 2 March 2015 F9-016 N/A Success No attempt[18] Expended
B1015 v1.1 14 April 2015 F9-017 N/A Dragon CRS-6 Success Failure[22] Destroyed
B1016 v1.1 27 April 2015 F9-018 N/A TürkmenÄlem 52°E / MonacoSAT Success No attempt[18] Expended
B1017 v1.1 17 January 2016 F9-021 N/A Jason-3 Success Failure[22] Destroyed
B1018 v1.1 28 June 2015 F9-019 N/A Dragon CRS-7 Failure Precluded Destroyed
B1019 Full Thrust 22 December 2015 F9-020 N/A Orbcomm OG2-2
(11 satellites)
Success Success[23] Retired[24]
B1020 Full Thrust 4 March 2016 F9-022 N/A SES-9 Success Failure Destroyed[25]
B1021 Full Thrust 8 April 2016 F9-023 N/A Dragon CRS-8[26] Success Success Refurbished
30 March 2017 F9-032 11m 14d SES-10[26] Success Success[27][28] Retired[29]
B1022 Full Thrust 6 May 2016 F9-024 N/A JCSAT-14[30] Success Success Retired[30]
B1023 Full Thrust 27 May 2016 F9-025 N/A Thaicom 8[31] Success Success[32] Refurbished
6 February 2018 FH-001 1y 8m 10d Tesla Roadster Success Success Retired[33]
B1024 Full Thrust 15 June 2016 F9-026 N/A Success Failure Destroyed[34]
B1025 Full Thrust 18 July 2016 F9-027 N/A Dragon CRS-9[35] Success Success Refurbished
6 February 2018 FH-001 1y 6m 21d Tesla Roadster Success Success Retired[33]
B1026 Full Thrust 14 August 2016 F9-028 N/A JCSAT-16 Success Success[36] Retired[33]
B1027 Heavy test Manufactured in 2016[37] N/A N/A Structural test article N/A N/A N/A
B1028 Full Thrust 3 September 2016[38] N/A[d] N/A Amos-6 Precluded[39] Precluded Destroyed[39]
B1029 Full Thrust 14 January 2017 F9-029 N/A Iridium NEXT-1
(10 satellites)[40]
Success Success Refurbished
23 June 2017 F9-036 5m 9d BulgariaSat-1[41] Success Success[42] Retired[33]
B1030 Full Thrust 16 March 2017 F9-031 N/A EchoStar 23[43] Success No attempt[44] Expended
B1031 Full Thrust 19 February 2017 F9-030 N/A Dragon CRS-10[45] Success Success[46] Refurbished
11 October 2017 F9-043 7m 22d SES-11 / EchoStar 105[46] Success Success Retired[33]
B1032 Full Thrust 1 May 2017 F9-033 N/A NROL-76[47] Success Success Refurbished
31 January 2018 F9-048 8m 30d GovSat-1 / SES-16[48] Success Controlled (ocean) Expended[49]
B1033 Heavy core 6 February 2018 FH-001 N/A Tesla Roadster Success Failure Destroyed[50]
B1034 Full Thrust 15 May 2017 F9-034 N/A Inmarsat-5 F4[51] Success No attempt[44] Expended
B1035 Full Thrust 3 June 2017 F9-035 N/A Dragon CRS-11[52] Success Success Refurbished
15 December 2017 F9-045 6m 12d Dragon CRS-13[53] Success Success[54] Retired[33]
B1036 Full Thrust 25 June 2017 F9-037 N/A Iridium NEXT-2
(10 satellites)[55]
Success Success Refurbished
23 December 2017 F9-046 5m 28d Iridium NEXT-4
(10 satellites)[56]
Success Controlled (ocean) Expended
B1037 Full Thrust 5 July 2017 F9-038 N/A Intelsat 35e[57] Success No attempt[44] Expended
B1038 Full Thrust 24 August 2017 F9-040 N/A Formosat-5[58] Success Success Refurbished
22 February 2018 F9-049 5m 29d Paz[59] Success No attempt[44] Expended
B1039 Block 4 14 August 2017 F9-039 N/A Dragon CRS-12[60] Success Success Refurbished
2 April 2018 F9-052 7m 19d Dragon CRS-14[59] Success No attempt[59] Expended
B1040 Block 4 7 September 2017 F9-041 N/A Boeing X-37B OTV-5[61] Success Success Refurbished
4 June 2018 F9-056 8m 28d SES-12[62] Success[63] No attempt[44] Expended
B1041 Block 4 9 October 2017 F9-042 N/A Iridium NEXT-3
(10 satellites)[64][65]
Success Success Refurbished
30 March 2018 F9-051 5m 21d Iridium NEXT-5
(10 satellites)[66][67]
Success No attempt[66] Expended
B1042 Block 4 30 October 2017 F9-044 N/A Koreasat 5A[68] Success Success In storage[1][69]
B1043 Block 4 8 January 2018 F9-047 N/A Zuma[70] Success[71] Success Refurbished
22 May 2018 F9-055 4m 14d
Success No attempt[44] Expended
B1044 Block 4 6 March 2018 F9-050 N/A Hispasat 30W-6 Success No attempt[59] Expended
B1045 Block 4 18 April 2018 F9-053 N/A TESS[59] Success Success Refurbished
29 June 2018 F9-057 2m 11d Dragon CRS-15[1] Success[72] No attempt[1] Expended
B1046 Block 5 11 May 2018 F9-054 N/A Bangabandhu-1[59] Success Success Refurbished
7 August 2018 F9-060 2m 27d Telkom 4 (Merah Putih)[73] Success Success Landed
Late 2018[74] TBD TBD TBD Planned Planned
B1047 Block 5 22 July 2018 F9-058 N/A Telstar 19V[75] Success Success Being refurbished[76]
B1048 Block 5 25 July 2018 F9-059 N/A Iridium NEXT-7
(10 satellites)[75]
Success Success Being refurbished[76]
7 October 2018[77] F9-062 2m 12d SAOCOM 1A[78] Scheduled Planned N/A
B1049 Block 5 10 September 2018[79] F9-061 N/A Telstar 18V / Apstar-5C[80] Success Success Landed
B1050 Block 5 15 December 2018[59] TBD N/A GPS IIIA-01[59] Scheduled Planned Fire tested[81]
B1051 Block 5 December 2018[82] TBD N/A Dragon 2 SpX-DM1 Planned Planned Fire testing[83]
  1. ^ Bold entries are core boosters presumed available as active fleet: those which have not been expended, destroyed or officially retired.
  2. ^ Entries with colored background and ♺ symbol denote flights using refurbished boosters from previous flights.
  3. ^ a b c d e f Exact assignment of boosters B1004–B1009 is not well documented. Sequential numbering according to Jake Meyer's "SpaceX Data" API.[19]
  4. ^ Some sources list this scheduled launch in the total launch count, and list this as the 29th Falcon 9 launch.[4]

Statistics[edit]

Rockets from the Falcon 9 family have been launched 62 times over 8 years, resulting in 60 full mission successes (96.8%), one partial success (CRS-1 delivered its cargo to the ISS, but a secondary payload was stranded in a lower-than-planned orbit), and one failure (the 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 5 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 41 times from December 2015 to present, 13 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. The final "Block 4" booster to be produced was flown in April 2018, and the first Block 5 version in May. While Block 4 boosters were only ever flown twice and required several months of refurbishment, Block 5 versions are designed to sustain 10 flights with just inspections, possibly on a 24-hour turnover.[3]

The rocket's first-stage boosters have been recovered in 29 of 35 landing attempts (83%).

Booster turnaround time[edit]

This chart displays the turnaround time, in months, between the first and second flights of each booster.

5
10
15
20
25
B1031
32
35
36
38
39
B1040
41
43
45
46
47
48
  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 will use a modified variant of Block 5 modules as side boosters.

See also[edit]

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