Sooty 9X Flown SpaceX Falcon 9 Booster Arrives at Port Canaveral, 2nd 1st Stage Recovery Return in 4 Days: Photos

9X Flown Falcon 9 Booster Arrives at Port Canaveral, 2nd Landed 1st Stage Return in 4 Days: Photos
Under gloomy skies sooty 9x flown and recovered SpaceX Falcon 9 1st stage booster B1058 is towed into Port Canaveral, Florida on Nov. 18, 2021. Falcon 9 B1058 landed upright on the JRTI droneship following lift off through dense ground fog on Saturday, November 13, 2021 at 7:19 a.m. EST, on Starlink 4-1 mission delivering payload of 53 Starlink internet satellites to orbit from Space Launch Complex 40 (SLC-40) at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida. Credit: Ken Kremer/kenkremer.com/SpaceUpClose.com

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PORT CANAVERAL/CAPE CANAVERAL SPACE FORCE STATION, FL –  With Pelicans patrolling under gloomy overcast skies the extremely sooty 9x flown to space and back SpaceX Falcon 9 recovered booster from the Starlink 4-1 mission was towed into Port Canaveral, Thursday morning, Nov. 18, standing upright upon the droneship it landed on post launch Nov. 13 and just ahead of another batch of thunderstorms inundating the Sunshine State’s Space Coast region.

Overall this thoroughly scorched 1st stage booster arrival from the Starlink 4-1 launch counts as the second arrival in just four days this week – following Sunday’s arrival of a relatively clean 1st stage from the Crew-3 launch.

Sooty 9x flown and recovered SpaceX Falcon 9 1st stage booster B1058 towed into Port Canaveral, Florida on Nov. 18, 2021 on top of JRTI droneship upon which it landed following lift off Sat, Nov. 13, 2021 at 7:19 a.m. EST, on Starlink 4-1 mission delivering payload of 53 Starlink internet satellites to orbit from Space Launch Complex 40 (SLC-40) at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida. Credit: Jean Wright/SpaceUpClose.com

9x flown first stage booster B1058.9 successfully soft-landed on the Just Read the Instructions (JRTI) drone ship as planned some eight and a half minutes after Nov. 13 liftoff – making 87 successful booster landings overall.

JRTI was positioned off the Carolina’s coast ahead of launch.

UpClose view of all four deployed landing legs from scorched 9x flown and recovered SpaceX Falcon 9 1st stage booster B1058 towed into Port Canaveral, Florida on Nov. 18, 2021 on top of JRTI droneship upon which it landed following lift off Sat, Nov. 13, 2021 at 7:19 a.m. EST, on Starlink 4-1 mission delivering payload of 53 Starlink internet satellites to orbit from Space Launch Complex 40 (SLC-40) at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida. Credit: Jean Wright/SpaceUpClose.com

The scorched 15-story-tall upright landed booster B1058.9 standing fully erect with all four landing legs deployed was towed by tug Finn Falgout into the mouth of Port Canaveral past Jetty Park Pier around 8 a.m. Thursday morning.

 

Be sure to check out our Falcon 9 B1058 JRTI and Bob arrival photos from Nov. 18 from the Space UpClose team of Ken Kremer and Jean Wright.

Bob and Falcon 9 arrived for berthing at SpaceX’s normal spot at North Cargo Pier 6 by mid-morning and the crews completed the docking at port before 10 a.m.

Under gloomy skies sooty 9x flown and recovered SpaceX Falcon 9 1st stage booster B1058 is towed into Port Canaveral, Florida on Nov. 18, 2021. Falcon 9 B1058 landed upright on the JRTI droneship following lift off through dense ground fog on Saturday, November 13, 2021 at 7:19 a.m. EST, on Starlink 4-1 mission delivering payload of 53 Starlink internet satellites to orbit from Space Launch Complex 40 (SLC-40) at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida. Credit: Ken Kremer/kenkremer.com/SpaceUpClose.com

Support ship ‘Bob’ had already arrived a few hours earlier overnight carrying the two fairing halves hoisted from the Atlantic Ocean waters.

Both fairings were covered by blue tarps loaded on deck of Bob by the huge hoisting crane.

‘Bob’ is named to honor veteran NASA Astronaut Bob Behnken who flew to space on the history making Demo-2 mission last year in May 2020 – finally resuming US human spaceflight from US soil after a way too long hiatus following the forced shutdown of NASA’s Space Shuttle program after the final mission STS-135 in July 2011.

Bob and Doug support ships docked side by side at North Cargo Pier 6 at Port Canaveral, Florida on Nov. 18, 2021. These support ships used by SpaceX to recover and tow Falcon 9 boosters and fairing halves. Named in honor of Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley from the NASA SpaceX Demo-2 mission that launched in May 2020 resuming US human spaceflight from US soil. Credit: Jean Wright/SpaceUpClose.com

Bob berthed beside crewmates Doug support ship that arrived earlier in this week when it towed the Crew-3 recovered Falcon 9 into Port Canaveral on Sunday.

Bob and Doug made for quite a stellar sight docked beside one another at SpaceX’s North Cargo Pier location

Soon after JRTI berthed rain squalls drenched the Port and Space Coast with hours long inundating showers.

After pausing a few hours the crane crews finally caught a weather break and quickly attached the hoisting cap to the top Thursday evening and craned B1058.9 off JRTI and onto the ground work stand pedestal.

By the next night all 4 landing legs were all raised and retracted and the booster was lowered onto the transporter and shipped back to the Cape for whats sure to be the 10th launch at some point in the future

Wide nighttime view shows scorched 9x flown and recovered SpaceX Falcon 9 1st stage booster B1058 towed into Port Canaveral, Florida on Nov. 18, 2021 after craning off support ship Bob onto ground work pedestal for leg retraction. Falcon 9 B1058 landed upright on the JRTI droneship on Nov. 13, 2021 on Starlink 4-1 mission delivering payload of 53 Starlink internet satellites to orbit from Space Launch Complex 40 (SLC-40) at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida. Credit: Ken Kremer/kenkremer.com/SpaceUpClose.com

B1058 joins two other 10x flown boosters – which was SpaceX CEO Elon Musk’s initial goal for rocket recycling with the Block 5 Falcon 9

 

Blastoff of the recycled SpaceX Falcon 9 on the Starlink 4-1 mission took place right on time punching through deep Cape fog at 7:19:30 a.m. EST (1219:30 GMT) from Space Launch Complex-40 on Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida during an instantaneous launch window.

SpaceX Falcon 9 Starlink 4-1 launch of 53 satellites on Nov. 13, 2021 at 7:19 a.m. EST from Space Launch Complex 40 (SLC-40) at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida. Credit: Jean Wright/SpaceUpClose.com

The launch was delayed a day from Friday because of poor local Cape launch and downrange booster recovery weather.

30 second Daylight steak to orbit: SpaceX Falcon 9 punches through dense ground obscuring fog in this long duration exposure since image. Flames reflect in Cape basin water as fog cleared just in nick of time for Starlink 4-1 mission launch at 7:19 a.m. EST from Space Launch Complex 40 (SLC-40) at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida. Credit: Ken Kremer/kenkremer.com/SpaceUpClose.com

Enjoy our Starlink 4-1 mission pre-launch and launch photos from the Space UpClose team of Ken Kremer and Jean Wright

SpaceX Falcon 9 lifts off through dense ground fog on Saturday, November 13, 2021 at 7:19 a.m. EST, delivering payload of 53 Starlink internet satellites to orbit from Space Launch Complex 40 (SLC-40) at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida. Credit: Ken Kremer/kenkremer.com/SpaceUpClose.com

 

 

SpaceX plans a busy December manifest of Falcon 9 missions with another Starlink, and NASA’s IXPE science mission and CRS-24 cargo resupply mission to the ISS.

 

 

 

Ken’s post launch comments about Crew-3 and Starlink preview and Falcon 9 rocket photos were featured on local ABC WFTV, NBC WESH 2 and Fox 35 TV News outlets in Orlando on Nov. 10 & 11:

https://www.wftv.com/news/local/crew-3-set-dock-iss-ahead-schedule/WTWJDQPWPVCKZIRHW6Y7QMNCOY/

https://www.wesh.com/article/crew-3-launch-wednesday/38212223

SpaceX Falcon 9 with payload of 53 Starlink internet satellites poised for liftoff reset to November 13, 2021 at 7:19 a.m. EST from Space Launch Complex 40 (SLC-40) at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida. Credit: Ken Kremer/kenkremer.com/SpaceUpClose.com

Ken and Jean are onsite at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station and Port Canaveral for the mission launch and booster return campaign

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SpaceX Falcon 9 with payload of 53 Starlink internet satellites poised for liftoff reset to November 13, 2021 at 7:19 a.m. EST from Space Launch Complex 40 (SLC-40) at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida, after poor weather scrub. Credit: Ken Kremer/kenkremer.com/SpaceUpClose.com

 

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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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