PUBLISHED: 09:00, Wed, Nov 25, 2020 | UPDATED: 09:05, Wed, Nov 25, 2020
SpaceX has again made history another sending another consignment of its broadband-providing Starlink satellites into orbit. This mission, accomplished only six hours ago (at 2.30am GMT), also set a historic milestone in Falcon 9 rocket reuse. The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket took off from Cape Canaveral’s iconic Space Launch Complex 40 at 9.13pm ET on Tuesday (2.13am GMT Wednesday).
SpaceX announced the success of this with the Tweet: “Falcon 9 launches Starlink to orbit – the seventh launch and landing of this booster.”
Falcon 9 launches Starlink to orbit – the seventh launch and landing of this booster
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The upper stage of Falcon 9 proceeded to release its payload of 60 Starlink satellites into Low Earth Orbit (LEO) after approximately 15 minutes.
SpaceX then confirmed the rocket’s first stage landed according to plan on a droneship circling an area in the Atlantic, completing its record-setting seventh launch.
SpaceX tweeted: “Falcon 9’s first stage lands on the Of Course I Still Love You droneship!”
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SpaceX Starink launch: SpaceX successfully launched and deployed another batch of its Starlink satel (Image: Space)
SpaceX tweeted: "This launch will make it the fleet leader” (Image: SpaceX)
The Falcon 9 used in this morning's mission previously flew into space on four Starlink missions, in addition to September 2018’s Telstar 18 VANTAGE mission and January 2019’s Iridium-8 mission.
SpaceX tweeted: "This launch will make it the fleet leader,” ahead of Sunday's attempted launch, which was scrubbed at the last minute.
One half of the rocket's payload fairing has also been used once before, while the other has been involved on two missions.
SpaceX has now launched 955 Starlink satellites, of which 895 are up and running in