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 92 times out of 103 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 28 recovered boosters have been refurbished and subsequently flown a second time including several boosters with three to eight missions and two boosters with ten missions. SpaceX intentionally limited Block 3 and Block 4 boosters to flying only two missions each, but the company indicated in 2018 that they expected the Block 5 versions to achieve 10 flights, each with only minor refurbishment.
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.
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 9 May 2021, during the Starlink-L27 mission, B1051 was the first to complete ten launches and landings and is currently the booster fleet leader. B1049, first launched in September 2018, is the oldest and earliest launched of the active Falcon 9 boosters, and has completed 10 launches and landings as of 14 September 2021. 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 boosters in 2018, 7 in 2019 and 5 in 2020.
|S/N[a]||Type||Launches||Launch date (UTC)||Flight №[b]||Turnaround time||Payload[c]||Launch (pad)||Landing
|B1046||F9||4||11 May 2018||F9-054||N/A||Bangabandhu-1||Success (39A)||Success (OCISLY)||Expended|
|7 August 2018||F9-060 ♺||88 days||Telkom-4 Merah Putih||Success (40)||Success (OCISLY)|
|3 December 2018||F9-064 ♺||118 days||SHERPA (SSO-A)||Success (4E)||Success (JRTI)|
|19 January 2020||F9-079 ♺||412 days||Dragon C205 (In-Flight Abort Test)||Success (39A)||No attempt|
|B1047||F9||3||22 July 2018||F9-058||N/A||Telstar 19V||Success (40)||Success (OCISLY)||Expended|
|16 November 2018||F9-063 ♺||116 days||Es'hail 2||Success (39A)||Success (OCISLY)|
|6 August 2019||F9-074 ♺||263 days||Amos-17||Success (40)||No attempt|
|B1048||F9||5||25 July 2018||F9-059||N/A||Iridium NEXT × 10 (NEXT-7)||Success (4E)||Success (JRTI)||Destroyed during landing failure|
|8 October 2018||F9-062 ♺||75 days||SAOCOM 1A||Success (4E)||Success (LZ-4)|
|22 February 2019||F9-068 ♺||137 days||Nusantara Satu / Beresheet||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)||Success (39A)||Failure (OCISLY)|
|B1049||F9||10||10 September 2018||F9-061||N/A||Telstar 18V / Apstar 5C||Success (40)||Success (OCISLY)||Awaiting Launch|
|11 January 2019||F9-067 ♺||123 days||Iridium NEXT × 10 (NEXT-8)||Success (4E)||Success (JRTI)|
|24 May 2019||F9-071 ♺||133 days||Starlink × 60 (v0.9)||Success (40)||Success (OCISLY)|
|7 January 2020||F9-078 ♺||228 days||Starlink × 60 (v1.0 L2)||Success (40)||Success (OCISLY)|
|4 June 2020||F9-086 ♺||149 days||Starlink × 60 (v1.0 L7)||Success (40)||Success (JRTI)|
|18 August 2020||F9-091 ♺||75 days||Starlink × 58 (v1.0 L10)||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)||Success (39A)||Success (OCISLY)|
|4 May 2021||F9-116 ♺||61 days||Starlink × 60 (v1.0 L25)||Success (39A)||Success (OCISLY)|
|14 September 2021||F9-125 ♺||133 days||Starlink × 51 ~70° inclination (Group 2 L1)||Success (4E)||Success (OCISLY)|
|H1 2022||F9-xxx ♺||O3b mPOWER -4, -5, -6||Planned (39A or 40)||No attempt|
|B1050||F9||1||5 December 2018||F9-065||N/A||Dragon C112 (CRS-16)||Success (40)||Failure (LZ-1)||Scrapped[e]|
|B1051||F9||10||2 March 2019||F9-069||N/A||Dragon C204 (Demo-1)||Success (39A)||Success (OCISLY)||Awaiting Launch|
|12 June 2019||F9-072 ♺||102 days||RCM × 3||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)||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||Success (40)||Success (JRTI)|
|20 January 2021||F9-105 ♺||38 days||Starlink × 60 (v1.0 L16)||Success (39A)||Success (JRTI)|
|14 March 2021||F9-111 ♺||53 days||Starlink × 60 (v1.0 L21)||Success (39A)||Success (OCISLY)|
|9 May 2021||F9-117 ♺||56 days||Starlink × 60 (v1.0 L27)||Success (40)||Success (JRTI)|
|October 2021||F9-xxx ♺||Starlink × 51 ~70° inclination (G 2-3)||Planned (4E)||Planned (OCISLY)|
|B1052||FH side||2||11 April 2019||FH-002||N/A||Arabsat-6A||Success (39A)||Success (LZ-1)||Unknown[f]|
|25 June 2019||FH-003 ♺||75 days||COSMIC-2 (STP-2)||Success (39A)||Success (LZ-1)|
|B1053||FH side||2||11 April 2019||FH-002||N/A||Arabsat-6A||Success (39A)||Success (LZ-2)||Unknown[f]|
|25 June 2019||FH-003 ♺||75 days||COSMIC-2 (STP-2)||Success (39A)||Success (LZ-2)|
|B1054||F9||1||23 December 2018||F9-066||N/A||GPS III SV01 Vespucci||Success (40)||No attempt||Expended|
|B1055||FH core||1||11 April 2019||FH-002||N/A||Arabsat-6A||Success (39A)||Success (OCISLY)||Destroyed during recovery[g]|
|B1056||F9||4||4 May 2019||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)||Success (40)||Success (LZ-1)|
|17 December 2019||F9-077 ♺||146 days||JCSAT-18||Success (40)||Success (OCISLY)|
|17 February 2020||F9-081 ♺||62 days||Starlink × 60 (v1.0 L4)||Success (40)||Failure (OCISLY)|
|B1057||FH core||1||25 June 2019||FH-003||N/A||COSMIC-2 (STP-2)||Success (39A)||Failure (OCISLY)||Destroyed during landing failure|
||F9||8||30 May 2020||F9-085||N/A||Dragon C206 Endeavour (Demo-2)||Success (39A)||Success (OCISLY)||Awaiting Assignment|
|20 July 2020||F9-089 ♺||51 days||ANASIS-II||Success (40)||Success (JRTI)|
|6 October 2020||F9-094 ♺||78 days||Starlink × 60 (v1.0 L12)||Success (39A)||Success (OCISLY)|
|6 December 2020||F9-101 ♺||60 days||Dragon C208 (CRS-21)||Success (39A)||Success (OCISLY)|
|24 January 2021||F9-106 ♺||49 days||Transporter-1||Success (40)||Success (OCISLY)|
|11 March 2021||F9-110 ♺||46 days||Starlink × 60 (v1.0 L20)||Success (40)||Success (JRTI)|
|7 April 2021||F9-113 ♺||27 days||Starlink × 60 (v1.0 L23)||Success (40)||Success (OCISLY)|
|15 May 2021||F9-118 ♺||38 days||Starlink × 52 (v1.0 L26)||Success (39A)||Success (OCISLY)|
|B1059||F9||6||5 December 2019||F9-076||N/A||Dragon C106 (CRS-19)||Success (40)||Success (OCISLY)||Destroyed during landing failure[h]|
|7 March 2020||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||Success (40)||Success (LZ-1)|
|19 December 2020||F9-103 ♺||111 days||NROL-108||Success (39A)||Success (LZ-1)|
|16 February 2021||F9-108 ♺||59 days||Starlink × 60 (v1.0 L19)||Success (40)||Failure (OCISLY)|
|B1060||F9||8||30 June 2020||F9-088||N/A||GPS III SV03 Matthew Henson||Success (40)||Success (JRTI)||Awaiting Assignment|
|3 September 2020||F9-093 ♺||65 days||Starlink × 60 (v1.0 L11)||Success (39A)||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||Success (40)||Success (JRTI)|
|4 February 2021||F9-107 ♺||27 days||Starlink × 60 (v1.0 L18)||Success (40)||Success (OCISLY)|
|24 March 2021||F9-112 ♺||48 days||Starlink × 60 (v1.0 L22)||Success (40)||Success (OCISLY)|
|29 April 2021||F9-115 ♺||36 days||Starlink × 60 (v1.0 L24)||Success (40)||Success (JRTI)|
|30 June 2021||F9-123 ♺||62 days||Transporter-2||Success (40)||Success (LZ-1)|
|B1061||F9||4||15 November 2020||F9-098||N/A||Dragon C207 Resilience (Crew-1)||Success (39A)||Success (JRTI)||Awaiting Assignment|
|23 April 2021||F9-114 ♺||159 days||Dragon C206 Endeavour (Crew-2)||Success (39A)||Success (OCISLY)|
|6 June 2021||F9-121 ♺||44 days||SXM-8||Success (40)||Success (JRTI)|
|29 August 2021||F9-124 ♺||84 days||Dragon C208 (CRS-23)||Success (39A)||Success (ASOG)|
|B1062||F9||3||5 November 2020||F9-097||N/A||GPS III SV04 Sacagawea||Success (40)||Success (OCISLY)||Refurbishing|
|17 June 2021||F9-122 ♺||224 days||GPS III SV05 Neil Armstrong||Success (40)||Success (JRTI)|
|16 September 2021||F9-126 ♺||90 days||Dragon C207 Resilience (Inspiration4)||Success (39A)||Success (JRTI)|
|B1063||F9||2||21 November 2020||F9-099||N/A||Sentinel-6 Michael Freilich||Success (4E)||Success (LZ-4)||Awaiting Launch|
|26 May 2021||F9-119 ♺||186 days||Starlink × 60 (v1.0 L28)||Success (40)||Success (JRTI)|
|24 November 2021||F9-xxx ♺||182 days||DART||Planned (4E)||Planned (LZ-4)|
|B1064||FH side||0||Early 2022||FH-xxx||N/A||USSF-44||Planned (39A)||Planned (JRTI)||Awaiting Launch|
|B1065||FH side||0||Early 2022||FH-xxx||N/A||USSF-44||Planned (39A)||Planned (ASOG)||Awaiting Launch|
|B1066||FH core||0||Early 2022||FH-xxx||N/A||USSF-44||Planned (39A)||No attempt||Awaiting Launch|
|B1067||F9||1||3 June 2021||F9-120||N/A||Dragon C209 (CRS-22)||Success (39A)||Success (OCISLY)||Awaiting Launch|
|30 October 2021||F9-xxx ♺||150 days||Crew Dragon Endurance (Crew-3)||Planned (39A)||Planned (D)|
|B1068||FH core||0||Q2 2022||FH-xxx||N/A||ViaSat-3 Americas||Planned (39A)||Planned (D)||Awaiting Launch|
|B1070||FH core||0||N/A||FH-xxx||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A||Testing at McGregor|
means the booster has this logo on it. It does not mean the booster is owned or exclusively used by NASA.
indicates crewed launch under Commercial Crew Program (CCP). Adjacent logos are mission patches.
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)||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) ||Retired|
|B1020||FT||4 March 2016||F9-022||N/A||SES-9||Success (40)||Failure||Destroyed|
|B1021||FT||8 April 2016||F9-023||N/A||Dragon C110 (CRS-8)||Success (40)||Success (OCISLY)||Retired|
|30 March 2017||F9-032 ♺||11m 22d||SES-10||Success (39A)||Success (OCISLY) |
|B1022||FT||6 May 2016||F9-024||N/A||JCSAT-14||Success (40)||Success (OCISLY)||Retired|
into FH side)
|27 May 2016||F9-025||N/A||Thaicom 8||Success||Success (OCISLY) ||Retired|
Museum (beginning in 2022)
|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|
into FH side)
|18 July 2016||F9-027||N/A||Dragon C111 (CRS-9)||Success (40)||Success (LZ-1)||Retired|
|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) ||Retired|
|B1027||FH test||Manufactured in 2016||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|B1028||FT||3 September 2016||N/A[c]||N/A||Amos-6||Precluded||Precluded||Destroyed|
|B1029||FT||14 January 2017||F9-029||N/A||Iridium NEXT × 10 (NEXT-1)||Success (4E)||Success (JRTI)||Retired|
|23 June 2017||F9-036 ♺||5m 9d||BulgariaSat-1||Success (39A)||Success (OCISLY) |
|B1030||FT||16 March 2017||F9-031||N/A||EchoStar 23||Success (39A)||No attempt||Expended|
|B1031||FT||19 February 2017||F9-030||N/A||Dragon C112 (CRS-10)||Success (39A)||Success (LZ-1) ||Retired|
|11 October 2017||F9-043 ♺||7m 22d||SES-11||Success (39A)||Success (OCISLY)|
|B1032||FT||1 May 2017||F9-033||N/A||USA-276 (NROL-76)||Success (39A)||Success (LZ-1)||Expended|
|31 January 2018||F9-048 ♺||8m 30d||GovSat-1 / SES-16||Success (40)||Controlled (ocean) [d]|
|B1033||FT (FH core)||6 February 2018||FH-001||N/A||Tesla Roadster||Success (39A)||Failure||Destroyed|
|B1034||FT||15 May 2017||F9-034||N/A||Inmarsat-5 F4||Success (39A)||No attempt||Expended|
|B1035||FT||3 June 2017||F9-035||N/A||Dragon C106 (CRS-11)||Success (39A)||Success (LZ-1)||Retired|
Museum (since March 2020)
|15 December 2017||F9-045 ♺||6m 12d||Dragon C108 (CRS-13)||Success (40)||Success (LZ-1) |
|B1036||FT||25 June 2017||F9-037||N/A||Iridium NEXT × 10 (NEXT-2)||Success (4E)||Success (JRTI)||Expended|
|23 December 2017||F9-046 ♺||5m 28d||Iridium NEXT × 10 (NEXT-4)||Success (4E)||Controlled (ocean)|
|B1037||FT||5 July 2017||F9-038||N/A||Intelsat 35e||Success (39A)||No attempt||Expended|
|B1038||FT||24 August 2017||F9-040||N/A||Formosat-5||Success (4E)||Success (JRTI)||Expended|
|22 February 2018||F9-049 ♺||5m 29d||Paz||Success (4E)||No attempt|
|B1039||FT Block 4||14 August 2017||F9-039||N/A||Dragon C113 (CRS-12)||Success (39A)||Success (LZ-1)||Expended|
|2 April 2018||F9-052 ♺||7m 19d||Dragon C110 (CRS-14)||Success (40)||No attempt|
|B1040||FT Block 4||7 September 2017||F9-041||N/A||Boeing X-37B (OTV-5)||Success (39A)||Success (LZ-1)||Expended|
|4 June 2018||F9-056 ♺||8m 28d||SES-12||Success (40) ||No attempt|
|B1041||FT Block 4||9 October 2017||F9-042||N/A||Iridium NEXT × 10 (NEXT-3)||Success (4E)||Success (JRTI)||Expended|
|30 March 2018||F9-051 ♺||5m 21d||Iridium NEXT × 10 (NEXT-5)||Success (4E)||No attempt|
|B1042||FT Block 4||30 October 2017||F9-044||N/A||Koreasat 5A||Success (39A)||Success (OCISLY)||Retired|
|B1043||FT Block 4||8 January 2018||F9-047||N/A||Zuma||Success (40) ||Success (LZ-1)||Expended|
|22 May 2018||F9-055 ♺||4m 14d||Iridium NEXT × 5 (NEXT-6) / GRACE-FO × 2||Success (4E)||No attempt|
|B1044||FT Block 4||6 March 2018||F9-050||N/A||Hispasat 30W-6||Success (40)||No attempt||Expended|
|B1045||FT Block 4||18 April 2018||F9-053||N/A||TESS||Success (40)||Success (OCISLY)||Expended|
|29 June 2018||F9-057 ♺||2m 11d||Dragon C111 (CRS-15)||Success (40) ||No attempt|
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)||Flight №||Payload[b]||Launch||Landing||Status|
|B0001||v1.0 test||Manufactured in 2007||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|B0002||v1.0 test|| September 2012–October 2013
(8 test flights)
|N/A||N/A||Suborbital||8 test landings achieved||Retired|
|B0003||v1.0||4 June 2010||F9-001||Dragon Spacecraft Qualification Unit||Success (40) ||Failure (ocean splashdown) ||Destroyed|
|B0004||v1.0||8 December 2010||F9-002||Dragon C101 (COTS Demo Flight 1)||Success (40)||Failure (ocean splashdown)||Destroyed|
|B0005||v1.0||22 May 2012||F9-003||Dragon C102 (COTS Demo Flight 2)||Success (40)||No attempt||Expended|
|B0006||v1.0||8 October 2012||F9-004||Dragon C103 (CRS-1)||Partial success (40) ||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||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|B1002||v1.1 test|| April–August 2014
(5 test flights)
|N/A||N/A||Suborbital||4 test landings achieved||Destroyed|
|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||Expended|
|B1005||v1.1||6 January 2014||F9-008||Thaicom 6||Success (40)||No attempt||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||Expended|
|B1009||v1.1 test||Manufactured in 2014||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A||Never completed|
|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||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||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||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|
Rockets from the Falcon 9 family have been launched 129 times over 11 years, resulting in 127 full mission successes (98.45%), 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 full failure (the SpaceX CRS-7 spacecraft was lost in flight in an explosion). 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 106 times from December 2015 to present. The Falcon Heavy has been launched 3 times. Its first flight was 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 " Falcon 9 Block 4" booster to be produced was flown in April 2018, and the first Falcon 9 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 some inspections. A total of 71 re-flights of first stage boosters have all successfully launched their payloads.
The rocket's first-stage boosters landed successfully in 92 of 103 attempts (89.3%), with 68 out of 73 (93.2%) for the Falcon 9 Block 5 version.
This chart displays the turnaround time, in months, between two flights of each booster. As of May 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.
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 15 September 2021, Block 5 made 70 flights with 15 boosters (4.7 flights per booster) with Falcon 9.
This chart shows the current inventory of Block 5 boosters; how often they have flown and if they are still active, expended or destroyed.
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.
Grasshopper consisted of "a Falcon 9 first-stage tank, a single Merlin-1D engine" with a height of 32 m (105 ft).
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. 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. Grasshopper is now retired.
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.
SpaceX decided not to fly the B1019 again. 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. The historic booster was eventually displayed outside SpaceX headquarters in Hawthorne, California.
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. Following the second flight, SpaceX stated that they plan to retire this booster and donate it to Cape Canaveral for public display.
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. 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. 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, liftoff occurred from SLC-4E on 3 December 2018. This marked the first time that the same orbital-class booster flew three times. 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. As expected, the booster broke up due to aerodynamic forces afterwards.
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, further confirming the reliability of the rocket due to redundancy of the engines. With reduced thrust, B1048 was unable to sufficiently slow down its descent, and thus was unable to land.
B1049 is the oldest Falcon 9 booster that is still on active duty. It was the first to successfully launch and land seven times, and the second to launch and land ten times respectively. It launched two commercial payloads, Telstar 18V and the eighth Iridium NEXT batch, and eight internal Starlink batches.
B1050 launched for the first time on 5 December 2018. A grid fin malfunction occurred shortly after the entry burn, resulting in the booster performing a controlled landing in the ocean.
No future flights for B1050 were planned, and it was scrapped due to its damage.
B1051 is the sixth Falcon 9 Block 5 booster built. It first flew on 2 March 2019, on the DM-1 mission. It then flew its second mission out of Vandenberg 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 9 May 2021, B1051 became the first booster to launch and land successfully ten times and is the current Falcon re-use leader.
First flight proven booster to fail landing.
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.
Falcon 9 B1061 first launched Crew-1 to the ISS in November 2020, the first operational flight of Crew Dragon. Following landing on drone ship following the Crew-1 flight, this first stage has completed three flights by June 2021.
This booster will be used on the Crew-3 mission
the first time SpaceX had successfully landed the rocket's first stage.
SES officials confirmed this week that satellite and rocket preps are on track for January 30. A recycled Falcon 9 booster stage that first flew 1 May with the U.S. government's classified NROL-76 payload will hoist the GovSat 1 spacecraft toward orbit, and a factory-fresh second stage will finish the job.
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WATCH: Grasshopper flies to its highest height to date - 744 m (2441 ft) into the Texas sky. http://youtu.be/9ZDkItO-0a4 This was the last scheduled test for the Grasshopper rig; next up will be low altitude tests of the Falcon 9 Reusable (F9R) development vehicle in Texas followed by high altitude testing in New Mexico.
it has the dubious honor of being the first reused Block 5 booster to be unintentionally destroyed.