Falcon 9 Rocket Booster Returns to Port Canaveral

6/29/2017

Today Port Canaveral welcomed back a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket booster after its successful June 23 launch and landing aboard the drone ship Of Course I Still Love You. This was the most challenging launch for the 229-foot-tall rocket to date. The first stage rocket soared to an altitude of 44 miles before successfully separating from an 8,150-pound BulgariaSat 1 satellite. Each Falcon 9 booster that berths at Port Canaveral is offloaded from the drone ship and refurbished at one of SpaceX's refurbishment facilities for reuse. The company has plans to build a new hangar on port property to expedite the refurbishment process. SpaceX is planning to launch its third Falcon 9 rocket in less than 10 days, scheduled for Monday, July 3rd.


Falcon 9 in Port - Panarama

Falcon 9 at the berth

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