The Falcon 9 booster dedicated to Starlink’s New Year’s 1st SpaceX launch is on its way to becoming the world’s fastest reusable rocket as of Monday, January 18th.
Prior to 2020, SpaceX’s Block 5 booster shift record – an indication of the time between launches of the missile itself – had been set by Falcon Heavy side boosters having supported two of the missile’s total of three launches in just 74 days. In mid-2018, the pre-Block 5 Booster Falcon 9 technically made it a little further, flying twice in 71 days. Although impressive, SpaceX’s Falcon Block 5 booster speed has remained firmly behind the NASA Space Shuttle, the only reusable rocket of the orbital class before the Falcon.
While it is already significantly more cost-effective and work-efficient than the extraordinary renewal of the Space Shuttle, SpaceX’s time-lagging capabilities will begin to make great strides forward in 2020. In July, The inevitable finally happened When the Falcon 9 booster was launched for the second time in just 51 days, beating NASA’s previous space shuttle transformation record of 54 days.
Falcon 9B Booster 1060 Achieved the same 51 days only three months later, which proves that the B1058’s record was no coincidence. Ultimately, over the course of 2020, every Falcon 9 air booster – excluding outliers over 200 days – averaged roughly 85 days between launches.
Now, in the second of dozens of SpaceX launches planned in 2021, the company is set to erase the world record set by Falcon 9 less than six months ago. It was scheduled to launch on January 17, but SpaceX lasted its Starlink-16 (V1 L16) mission to 8:45 AM EST (13:45 UTC), January 18 for unspecified reasons. Around the same time this delay became apparent, Next space flight He was the first to report that SpaceX had designated Falcon 9 Booster B1051 for launch.
Last flight for the seventh time on December 13th, the Falcon 9 B1051 is now scheduled to attempt to launch its Eighth orbital class and land after just 36 days, beating the 51-day world record by nearly one-third (~ 30%) and at the same time becoming the first-class booster Falcon is launched eight times. If successful, SpaceX Falcon missiles will be within days of demonstrating their monthly reuse potential.
Tomorrow morning get ready to watch the latest SpaceX rocket launch live.