2x Recycled SpaceX Booster from Korean Milsat Launch Returns to Port Canaveral with NASA Worm Intact from 1st Human Launch: Photos

2x Recycled SpaceX Booster from Korean Milsat Launch Returns to Port Canaveral with NASA Worm Intact from 1st Human Launch: Photos
Glorious sunrise arrival of 2x launched/landed SpaceX Falcon 9 1st stage booster atop the JRTI droneship towed by tug Lauren Foss and SpaceX fleet past Jetty Park Pier into Port Canaveral channel at 7 a.m. ET on July 24, 2020. From Falcon 9 Anasis-II launch for South Korean military on July 20, 2020 from Space Launch Complex-40 on Cape Canaveral Space Force Station, FL. Credit: Ken Kremer/kenkremer.com/spaceupclose.com

PORT CANAVERAL, FL – Continuing a string of complete successes the 2x launched and landed SpaceX Falcon 9 booster from Mondays Falcon 9 rocket launch of South Korea’s first dedicated military satellite July 20, 3.5 days ago, triumphantly returned to Port Canaveral during a glorious sunrise this morning, Friday, July 24, atop the JRTI droneship to a wonderful welcome from the Sunshine State on Florida’s Space Coast.

And to top that off the now twice used booster B1058.2 was still sporting a fully intact NASA Worm and NASA meatball emblazoned on the core from its first flight in May on the first Falcon 9 to launch humans on the history making Demo-2 launch of NASA astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley to the International Space Station (ISS).

Furthermore its very noteworthy is that this recycled Falcon booster featured a record turnaround launch period of just 51 days from its last launch on Demo-2.

 

NASA worm still emblazoned on core of 2x launched/landed SpaceX Falcon 9 1st stage booster recovered atop the JRTI droneship while towed into Port Canaveral at sunrise on July 24, 2020. Worm and NASA meatball logo remains intact from 1st launch of humans on a Falcon 9 on historic Demo-2 mission May 30, 2020. From Anasis-II launch for South Korean military on July 20, 2020 from Space Launch Complex-40 on Cape Canaveral Space Force Station, FL. Credit: Ken Kremer/kenkremer.com/spaceupclose.com

The previous record turnaround time between launches of the same Falcon 9 booster was 62 days accomplished by SpaceX achieved with a mission lifting off Feb. 17.

I had to act quick to capture this photo of the swiftly moving booster as it was dead center and upright for just moments between the huge legs of the Port Canaveral memorial anchor at Jetty Park.

The Falcon & the Anchor & 4 landing legs!! – Twice launched/upright landed SpaceX Falcon 9 1st stage B1058.2 arrived atop JRTI droneship just past sunrise July 24, 2020 – uniquely pictured with 4 landing legs dead center between anchor legs at Jetty Park. From Anasis-II launch for South Korea on July 20, 2020. Credit: Ken Kremer/kenkremer.com/spaceupclose.com

The weather cooperated this morning to afford a deliciously glorious ‘Space’ treat for space enthusiasts from SpaceX at Port Canaveral.

Glorious sunrise arrival of 2x launched/landed SpaceX Falcon 9 1st stage booster atop the JRTI droneship towed by tug Lauren Foss and SpaceX fleet past Jetty Park Pier into Port Canaveral channel at 7 a.m. ET on July 24, 2020. From Falcon 9 Anasis-II launch for South Korean military on July 20, 2020 from Space Launch Complex-40 on Cape Canaveral Space Force Station, FL. Credit: Ken Kremer/kenkremer.com/spaceupclose.com

The newby East Coast droneship ‘Just Read the Instructions’ or JRTI arrived off shore of Jetty Park Pier and beach in the Atlantic Ocean accompanied by the SpaceX naval fleet at sunrise.

But before entering the SpaceX fleet inexplicably embarked on a circular loop to the channel entrance and back out.

JRTI and the 2x recovered launched/landed booster B1058.2 at last began her final approach to Jetty Park at 7 a.m. ET towed by tugboat Lauren Foss and welcomed by a small crowd of my media colleagues and mostly clueless beach goers.

Pretty Girl On the Rocks with 2 legs enjoys Pretty Sooty Booster On the Droneship with 4 legs – returned atop JRTI droneship towed by tug Lauren Foss into Port Canaveral channel July 24, 2020. From Anasis-II launch July 20, 2020 pad 40 Cape Canaveral Space Force Station, FL. Credit: Ken Kremer/kenkremer.com/spaceupclose.com

 

Enjoy our Space UpClose photo gallery of the arrival and docking of the noticeably more sooty Falcon 9 booster B1058.2 at the droneships normal northside berthing port at North Cargo Pier 6.

Check back as the gallery grows.

Stunning reflection in the Sunrise glare on the Space Coast this morning of 1st Stage Falcon 9 second time recovered return with SpaceX fleet atop the JRTI droneship towed by tug Lauren Foss into Port Canaveral channel at 7 a.m. ET on July 24, 2020. From Anasis-II launch for South Korea on July 20, 2020 from Space Launch Complex-40 on Cape Canaveral Space Force Station, FL. Credit: Ken Kremer/kenkremer.com/spaceupclose.com

The 16 story tall booster standing firmly upright on JRTI sailed swiftly past the Pier and reached the northside berthing port as usual some 45 minutes after arrival.

‘Welcome to Jetty Park’ sign – greets arrival of SpaceX Falcon 9 1st stage atop the JRTI droneship towed by tug Lauren Foss into Port Canaveral channel July 24, 2020. From Anasis-II launch July 20, 2020 pad 40 Cape Canaveral Space Force Station, FL. Credit: Ken Kremer/kenkremer.com/spaceupclose.com
Stunning sunrise arrival 2x launched/landed SpaceX Falcon 9 1st stage booster returned atop JRTI droneship towed by tug Lauren Foss into Port Canaveral channel July 24, 2020. From Anasis-II launch July 20, 2020 pad 40 Cape Canaveral Space Force Station, FL. Credit: Ken Kremer/kenkremer.com/spaceupclose.com

 

All  this action comes on the heels of the spectacular return of the first ever dual caught payload fairing halves captured mid-air by SpaceX boats from the same launched nose cone on Wednesday morning July 22 – originating from Mondays Falcon 9 rocket launch of South Korea’s first dedicated military satellite July 20.

Spectators enjoy stunning sunrise arrival of SpaceX Falcon 9 1st stage atop JRTI droneship towed by tug Lauren Foss into Port Canaveral channel July 24, 2020. From Anasis-II launch July 20, 2020 pad 40 Cape Canaveral Space Force Station, FL. Credit: Ken Kremer/kenkremer.com/spaceupclose.com

Check out our earlier story and photos

The next steps were for the SpaceX booster processing and crane crews to attach the hoisting cap which was accomplished late afternoon.

After craning recovered SpaceX Falcon 9 off JRTI droneship onto ground pedestal at Port Canaveral north cargo pier late afternoon July 24, 2020 further leg retraction work was put on hold until the next day for the 1st stage that arrived earlier at sunrise – see here beside the dup of fairing catcher ships. From Anasis-II launch July 20, 2020 pad 40 Cape Canaveral Space Force Station, FL. Credit: Ken Kremer/kenkremer.com/spaceupclose.com

Thereafter the 156-foot-tall booster was hoisted off JRTI onto the ground work pedestal.

At that point around 5 p.m. ET after a very long day of rocket arrival and processing efforts work stopped for the day and leg work will presumably resume on Saturday.

 

One of dual mid-air caught payload fairing halves from same nose cone hoisted at 8:45 a.m. ET July 22, 2020 off SpaceX GO Ms.Tree ship and placed onto cradled transporter just hours after overnight arrival into Port Canaveral. From Falcon 9 lift off carrying Anasis-II for the South Korean military on July 20, 2020 from Space Launch Complex-40 on Cape Canaveral Space Force Station, FL. Credit: Ken Kremer/kenkremer.com/spaceupclose.com

The South Korean Anasis 2 military communications satellite was encapsulated inside aboard a flight-proven SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launches at 5:30 p.m. EDT (2130 GMT) Monday, July 20 from Space Launch Complex 40 (SLC-40) at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida.

 

The fairings had returned to Port Canaveral overnight in darkness and were subsequently hoisted off mere hours later on Wednesday, July 22, onto cradled transporters after daylight dawned and driven away in rapid succession – presumably for eventual reuse.

 

What was once considered amazing science fiction is now confirmed science fact – and incredible to witness first hand from my technical background as a science researcher.

 

 

This was the second successful launch and landing for this particular Falcon 9 first stage booster B1058.2 – which by the way had flown once previously on the history making flight that successfully launched the Demo-2 crew of two NASA astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley to the International Space Station (ISS) on May 30 from Florida.

Taking the long view as flight-proven SpaceX Falcon 9 soars to orbit carrying Anasis-II at 530 p.m. July 20, 2020 for South Korean military -see logo ! on 2nd flight – in this remote camera view. 1st Falcon 9 flight flew first 2 NASA astronauts Bob Behnken & Doug Hurley to International Space Station in 9 years from US soil on historic Demo-2 mission on May 30, 2020. Credit: Ken Kremer/kenkremer.com/spaceupclose.com

By the way Demo-2 was the first launch of humans from US soil in almost 9 years!

NASA worm still emblazoned on core of 2x launched/landed SpaceX Falcon 9 1st stage booster recovered atop the JRTI droneship while towed into Port Canaveral at sunrise on July 24, 2020. Worm and NASA meatball logo remains intact from 1st launch of humans on a Falcon 9 on historic Demo-2 mission May 30, 2020. From Anasis-II launch for South Korean military on July 20, 2020 from Space Launch Complex-40 on Cape Canaveral Space Force Station, FL. Credit: Ken Kremer/kenkremer.com/spaceupclose.com

 

Watch these fairing catch videos of both nose cone halves released by SpaceX

 

Previously SpaceX had only been able to catch one fairing on three different occasions.

The launch of the Anasis-II national security military communications satellite to geostationary orbit for South Korea will enable its use to help with defense needs on the Korean peninsula and the ever present threats from North Korea under the leadership of Kim Jong Un.

The satellite was built by Airbus as part of an offset package between Lockheed Martin and the South Korean government as an exchange for the purchase of 40 F-35 combat aircraft jets back in 2014.

 

My commentary about the Anasis-II mission was featured on WESH 2 NBC TV New Orlando on July 20 and 21 along with my prelaunch photos as well as WFTV ABC TV News Orlando on July 20 and 21

Ken Kremer of Space UpClose offers commentary about the Anasis-II mission on WESH 2 NBC TV News Orlando on July 20 and 21, 2020

My launch and prelaunch photos were featured at Spaceflight Now

https://spaceflightnow.com/2020/07/20/spacex-delivers-south-koreas-first-military-satellite-into-on-target-orbit/

Media gaggle friend enjoy arrival and berthing of SpaceX Falcon 9 1st stage atop the JRTI droneship towed by tug Lauren Foss into Port Canaveral channel July 24, 2020. From Anasis-II launch July 20, 2020 pad 40 Cape Canaveral Space Force Station, FL. Credit: Ken Kremer/kenkremer.com/spaceupclose.com

 

Watch Ken’s continuing reports about Commercial Crew and Artemis and more onsite for live reporting of upcoming and recent SpaceX and ULA launches including Demo-2, Starlink, X-37B, Solar Orbiter, Mars 2020 and more at the Kennedy Space Center and Cape Canaveral Space Force Station.

Stay tuned here for Ken’s continuing Earth and Planetary science and human spaceflight news: www.kenkremer.com –www.spaceupclose.com – twitter @ken_kremer – email: ken at kenkremer.com

Dr. Kremer is a research scientist and journalist based in the KSC area, active in outreach and interviewed regularly on TV and radio about space topics.
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Glorious sunrise arrival 2x launched/landed SpaceX Falcon 9 1st stage booster atop JRTI droneship towed by tug Lauren Foss and SpaceX fleet past Jetty Park Pier into Port Canaveral channel July 24, 2020. From Anasis-II launch for South Korea July 20, 2020 from Space Launch Complex-40 on Cape Canaveral Space Force Station, FL. Credit: Ken Kremer/kenkremer.com/spaceupclose.com

 

 

Glorious sunrise arrival 2x launched/landed SpaceX Falcon 9 1st stage booster atop JRTI droneship towed by tug Lauren Foss and SpaceX fleet past Jetty Park Pier into Port Canaveral channel July 24, 2020. From Anasis-II launch for South Korea July 20, 2020 from Space Launch Complex-40 on Cape Canaveral Space Force Station, FL. Credit: Ken Kremer/kenkremer.com/spaceupclose.com

 

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Ken Kremer

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Watch for Ken’s continuing onsite coverage of NASA, SpaceX, ULA, Boeing, Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman and more space and mission reports direct from Kennedy Space Center and Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida and Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia. Stay tuned here for Ken's continuing Earth and Planetary science and human spaceflight news. Dr. Kremer is a research scientist and journalist based in the KSC area, active in outreach and interviewed regularly on TV and radio about space topics. Ken’s photos are for sale and he is available for lectures and outreach events.

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