On January 24th at Port Canaveral Florida JRTI Just Read The Instructions arrived with SpaceX Falcon 9 fleet leading booster B-1051.8 which has flown into space for eight flights and landings more than any other SpaceX booster currently.
It had successfully delivered the 16th batch of 60 Starlink V-1.0 satellites into orbit on January 20th from launch complex 39A.
The white vertical and horizontal lines are where the soot from re-entry on previous missions were cleaned off for weld inspections before it launched on its eighth missions.
Elon Musk has stated that each booster should have a life expectancy of 10 flights. They are well on the way to achieving that corporate goal with this work horse of a booster.
Launch history for B-1051.8 is: March 2nd 2019 Dragon Demo 1 uncrewed. June 12th 2019 Radarsat RCM, January 29th 2020 Starlink V-1.0 #3, April 22nd 2020 Starlink V-1.0 #6, August 7th 2020 Starlink V1.0 #9, October 18th 2020 Starlink V1.0 #13, December 13th 2020 Sirius SXM-7, January 20th 2021 Starlink V1.0 #16.
Article & Photo Credit: Scott Schilke for spacenews.lu and space-news.es