It appears a Falcon 9 is wrapped and ready to ship from Port of Long Beach back to Vandenberg SFB. Perhaps this is B1071 which arrived last week after recovery from the Starlink 3-2 mission?@NASASpaceflight
This is what a recovered Falcon 9 looks like shipping out of Port of Long Beach back to Vandy, an elusive sight on the West Coast.@NASASpaceflight
1076 or 1077?
https://twitter.com/tgmetsfan98/status/1555669851821281283QuoteFalcon 9 B1077, the booster slated for Crew-5 that was damaged when it hit a bridge, has been repaired and static fired at McGregor!twitter.com/nasaspaceflight/status/1555669545075048449QuoteFalcon 9 fires up at McGregor:youtube.com/watch?v=cOmmvh…
Falcon 9 B1077, the booster slated for Crew-5 that was damaged when it hit a bridge, has been repaired and static fired at McGregor!
Falcon 9 fires up at McGregor:youtube.com/watch?v=cOmmvh…
I think it's worth pointing out that boosters aren't chosen by the customers but by SpaceX. Even government customers lately are only allowed to do such a thing but at the expense of paying for it or any sort of in-kind deal. Boosters have flights assigned well deep into their flight history. B1073 for example will fly as FH side booster on its 7th flight, pending any potential changes in the way of course, but it's already penciled down for that even before flying for the first time. In short, the customer gets what SpaceX wants and what SpaceX wanted with this upcoming flight is to get a new booster in the fleet to support higher flight rate so... Starlink was the only one available around this time in their manifest.
A booster was spotted heading west, presumably to Vandenberg, presumably from McGregor: <snip>If that's the case, my theory is that it's B1075 <snip>
Falcon 9 first stage booster seen heading east early Saturday morning, following completion of its full post-production/pre-launch testing at @SpaceX’s McGregor, TX facility
SpaceX booster on the way to the Cape- future Falcon Heavy core
SpaceX completed today a 77 second static fire test of B1076, a Falcon booster, at their McGregor Test and Development Facility in Texas. If data looks good, it'll be transported to Florida for its first flight.