- SpaceX launched its Falcon 9 rocket booster for a record-breaking 9th time.
- The rocket delivered a payload of Starlink satellites, bringing the total to 180 launched in the past two weeks.
- The launch underscores Space X’s Falcon 9 reusability program.
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SpaceX on Sunday launched a new batch of 6o Starlink internet satellites into orbit, with the payload delivered by its workhorse Falcon 9 rocket.
The launch set a record for the Falcon 9, a reusable launch vehicle, which logged its ninth flight and ninth landing for the first-stage booster.
Elon Musk’s SpaceX set its previous reusability record in January this year as part of another Starlink launch – using the same first-stage booster, which had just flown in December of the year before last. The company not only wants to show that it can re-fly these boosters, but also that the turnaround for the booster units is rapid.
The two-stage rocket shot off from Pad 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida at 6:01 a.m. EDT.
The 60 Starlink satellites launched Sunday was the third batch in just two weeks. It brings the total in orbit to over 1,000.
-SpaceX (@SpaceX) March 14, 2021
The launch comes just days after the firm’s last flight, with a Falcon 9 rocket skyrocketing off from a neighboring Space Launch Complex 40, at Cape Canaveral.
No sight of a single cloud in the sky, onlookers were treated to an extraordinary view of the rocket climbing into orbit, Space.com reports.
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