SpaceX Launches Falcon 9 Booster for Record 10th Time in Starlink Mission



Image: SpaceX on YouTube

At 2:42 a.m. EDT Sunday morning, SpaceX launched another 60 Starlink satellites into orbit aboard a Falcon 9 rocket from Space Launch Complex 40 (SLC-40) at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida.

The mission saw a successful liftoff, a smooth landing and recovery of the first stage booster, and prompt deployment of its 60-satellite payload. The Falcon 9 first stage booster that carried this mission is SpaceX’s first orbital class rocket booster to complete ten successful launches and landings.

Falcon 9 lifting off:

Separated first stage booster successfully landing on the Just Read the Instructions autonomous droneship:

60 Starlink satellites deployed into orbit:

Check out a full replay of the mission below:

Getting more Starlink satellites up and running is a top priority for Starlink at the moment, as the high-speed satellite broadband provider has already received well over 500,000 orders (with $99 USD deposits each) for its service.

SpaceX CEO Elon Musk said in a tweet that all of the initial 500,000 orders will “most likely” receive service, even though the $99 deposit on Starlink orders doesn’t guarantee service and is fully refundable.

With 240 Starlink satellites deployed in March alone, SpaceX can be seen ramping up operations to meet demand.


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