Dragon supported CRS-8 mission in April 2016.
SpaceX has combined a recycled Dragon and a recycled Falcon once before.
Booster 1039 lands after successfully launching CRS-12's Cargo Dragon into orbit. Last Friday, one year to the day after launching and landing a used rocket for the first time, the company deployed a used Falcon 9 rocket to send 10 Iridium telecommunications satellites into orbit from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. Under the CRS contracts, SpaceX has restored an American capability to deliver and return significant amounts of cargo, including live plants and animals, to and from the orbiting laboratory. SpaceX will not attempt to recover Falcon 9's first stage after launch.
While no specific details were given and live coverage shown of the soft-landing, it's presumed that B1039 continued in the footsteps of water landings that followed GovSat-1 and Hispasat 30W-6 in January 2018 and March 2018.
In February the company's Falcon Heavy, the world's most powerful rocket, blasted off on its maiden test flight carrying Musk's cherry red Tesla roadster auto. So you'll have multiple viewing options to see this Falcon 9 get to space this afternoon. As such, SpaceX has every reason to expend non-Block 5 boosters with the hope of ensuring that fewer new-generation rockets end up expended after launch.
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SpaceX CEO Elon Musk has updated the design for a powerful rocket meant to propel a space vehicle that may help establish a human presence on Mars.
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