SpaceX has re-used a first stage once, several times now. Has it re-used the same first stage twice yet? If not, has a particular mission been named that will be the first second re-use?

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    $\begingroup$ More than one reflight will be done once Block 5 is operational. Will find a source later. $\endgroup$
    – Hobbes
    Commented Feb 8, 2018 at 7:09
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    $\begingroup$ Update from the future: currently there are 7 times used block 5 boosters. $\endgroup$
    – peterh
    Commented Dec 21, 2020 at 0:28
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    $\begingroup$ Just a small update. As of july 2021, they have reused boosters up to 10 times(10 flights, 9 reuses, for booster B1051). Including launching a crewed mission to ISS on a reused booster. $\endgroup$ Commented Jul 13, 2021 at 16:08

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Yes. As of December 3rd, 2018, SpaceX successfully launched the same first stage (B1046) 3 times and retrieved it twice. It supported the Bangabandhu-1 mission in May 2018, Merah Putih mission in August (setting the current record for fastest turnaround time of 3 months), and then the SmallSat Express mission on December 3rd 2018.

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    $\begingroup$ But I think there needs to be some more work on the translation; I don't think "have cash mission" and "Putin mission" and "Smallest mission" are what you mean. $\endgroup$
    – uhoh
    Commented Dec 30, 2018 at 0:40
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    $\begingroup$ Fixed mission identifications and added links. Welcome, Normen! $\endgroup$ Commented Dec 30, 2018 at 2:34
  • $\begingroup$ @RussellBorogove you're a "good samaritan badge" candidate, thanks! $\endgroup$
    – uhoh
    Commented Dec 30, 2018 at 3:45
  • $\begingroup$ Retrived it twice? Didn’t they land it the third time as well? spacenews.com/spacex-launches-all-smallsat-falcon-9-mission $\endgroup$
    – lijat
    Commented Dec 30, 2018 at 7:41

No. The cores used are tracked at Reddit, among other places. There are no plans to reuse a booster for a third time. There are 3 booster now that have been reused

  • B1021- Will be displayed at cape, retired.
  • B1029- Likely mothballed.
  • B1031- This one just landed today, not sure of it's fate yet.

It will likely be a while before a second reuse is done, but they are slowly inching forward in that direction. I would guess one of the Block IVs, maybe B1042.


The current plan is to only reuse more then once the Block 5s. Currently SpaceX is working on expending all of the Block 3 and 4s in existence, to focus on Block 5, for a number of reasons. One of the most important is NASA wants to use Block 5 for the crewed missions, and needs 7 successful missions in a row before they will allow it to be used for manned missions.

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    $\begingroup$ I knew the answer was no because I would have heard about it, but I'm really amazed at what the guys at Reddit have done... $\endgroup$
    – PearsonArtPhoto
    Commented Oct 12, 2017 at 2:50
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    $\begingroup$ I would like to mention, doing similars on the StackExchange would be closed/downvoted/deleted on most sites without major trickery and meta lobbying. $\endgroup$
    – peterh
    Commented Feb 8, 2018 at 6:07
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    $\begingroup$ @uhoh sorry both comments seem a random word list to me now, but afterI woke up maybe I can decode them again $\endgroup$
    – peterh
    Commented Apr 4, 2018 at 6:20
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    $\begingroup$ @PearsonArtPhoto you should update your answer it looks like B1046 has been used twice and is being prepped to be used a third time $\endgroup$
    – Mark Omo
    Commented Nov 12, 2018 at 20:00
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    $\begingroup$ yay! time for an update? $\endgroup$
    – uhoh
    Commented Dec 3, 2018 at 23:46

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