Less than three months ago, on May 11, SpaceX inaugurated its upgraded "Block 5" Falcon 9 booster with the launch of Bangabandhu-1, Bangladesh's first communications satellite, the Inquisitr reported at the time.
While two other "Block 5" boosters have lifted from the ground since then, the same booster will now be used for another satellite launch, scheduled to take place early next week.
The "Block 5" in question is booster 1046 (B1046), slated to take off on its second run on August 7, this time with Indonesian satellite Merah Putih on board.
After previously launching from NASA's Kennedy Space Center (KSC) in May, B1046 returns to Florida for a launch form Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, notes Florida Today.
Teslarati calls it "historic reuse", describing the August 7 launch as "an unexpectedly sudden inaugural reuse of the first highly reliable and reusable rocket to roll off of the Hawthorne, California, assembly line."
As the media outlet points out, the refurbishment of B1046 only took 85 days to pull off, falling just two weeks short from breaking SpaceX's booster turnaround record of 72 days, achieved with a "Block 4" booster.
Hot-Fire Test On Thursday
In preparation for Tuesday's launch, SpaceX already conducted a static fire test of the booster's nine Merlin engines on July 2, reports Spaceflight Now.