On September 25th, a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket successfully launched from California, carrying 21 Starlink satellites into orbit.
The Falcon 9 rocket successfully landed on a SpaceX drone ship after its sixth liftoff and landing.
The Falcon 9 rocket carried 21 Starlink satellites that will be released into low Earth orbit approximately 62.5 minutes after launch.
On Monday morning, SpaceX launched another Starlink mission carried by the Falcon 9 rocket, making it the 18th flight for a Falcon 9 first stage in less than two days after their previous liftoff.
Starlink is SpaceX’s megaconstellation for providing internet connectivity, consisting of over 4,750 operational satellites in Low Earth Orbit (LEO).
This SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launch tied the company’s record for reusing a first stage, which was just set last week.
According to SatNews, SpaceX originally plans to launch the Falcon 9 rocket carrying 21 Starlink satellites into low-Earth orbit from Vandenberg Space Force Base in California on September 25 at 1:48 a.m. PT.
However, if a delay happened, four backup launch times are available between 2:03 a.m. PT and 4:04 a.m. PT. Additionally, there are six backup opportunities to launch the Falcon 9 rocket starting on September 25 at 11:59 p.m. PT and ending on September 26 at 3:42 a.m. PT, SatNews added.
The launch of the Falcon 9 rocket was broadcasted live on X (formerly Twitter), with coverage beginning five minutes prior to liftoff.