For the Dragon Crew mission SpaceX flew a brand new booster (how declasse) B1058 and painted it with the old style NASA Worm logo.

B1058 returning after first flight

SpaceX owns the booster and is most likely to fly it many more times (Goal of 10 flights, highest so far is a couple of boosters making it to 5 flights as of this writing).

Will they remove the NASA logo?

They have barely even cleaned the boosters of the soot, launching them "dirty" on follow up missions.

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    $\begingroup$ Interesting question, I haven't even thought about that until now. $\endgroup$ – Polygnome Jun 3 at 18:34
  • $\begingroup$ I believe the booster has crewed-flight-specific configuration, so I imagine they will normally reuse it on future crewed flights, which are going to be for NASA for the forseeable future, so they may just leave the logos on for the time being. $\endgroup$ – Russell Borogove Jun 3 at 18:41
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    $\begingroup$ @Z.Cochrane The space shuttle. Flew crewed from first powered flight/orbital launch, and three more "test flights" in a row on the same hardware, then was declared operational. Reused after flying a much more demanding flight regime than the F9 first stage. $\endgroup$ – Russell Borogove Jun 3 at 21:07
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    $\begingroup$ Columbia flew STS-1, -2, -3, -4 with two-person crews; those were called test flights (but from STS-2 on it carried scientific payloads on these missions); it was then declared operational and flew with 4 crew on STS-5. Enterprise flew unpowered drop-approach-landing tests prior to that; these were also all crewed. The shuttle never flew uncrewed in any form -- the technology was there but politics determined that it had to be flown by human pilots. $\endgroup$ – Russell Borogove Jun 3 at 21:57
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    $\begingroup$ @geoffc It was actually as of recent (past 2 weeks) confirmed that past post certification mission 2, flown boosters and Dragon capsules can be used for commercial crew flights. twitter.com/nextspaceflight/status/1268316718750814209 $\endgroup$ – Barry Jenekuns Jun 3 at 23:59

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