SpaceX Caps Double-Launch Day by Sending 52 Starlinks into Orbit [VIDEO]
SpaceX began Wednesday morning by launching its NASA Crew-5 mission to the International Space Station, aboard its Dragon spaceship.
Seven hours later, SpaceX launched yet again, this time to send 52 Starlink satellites to low-Earth orbit from Vandenberg Space Force Base in California, which happened at 4:10 pm PT.
Another batch of Starlinks in orbit, 7 hours after the astronaut launch https://t.co/mQshEY16RP
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) October 6, 2022
This was the 64th launch of Starlink by SpaceX, while this particular Falcon 9 booster saw its fifth successful launch and landing. It previously served NROL-87, NROL-85, SARah-1, and now two Starlink missions. This Falcon 9 booster landed on the drone ship Of Course I Still Love You, stationed a couple of hundred miles off the coast of California.
This was SpaceX’s 145th landing of an orbital class rocket and 45th launch of 2022–and second launch of the day.
But SpaceX isn’t done yet. On Thursday afternoon, it will launch the Galaxy 33 and 34 mission from Cape Canaveral, Florida, making it three launches in two days. Galaxy 33 and 34 are two geostationary satellites made by Northrop Grumman and operated by Intelsat. Falcon 9 booster B1060 will be attempting its incredible 14th launch and landing.
Check out the full replay below: