SpaceX celebrated its 100th successful launch Tuesday morning, sending 58 Starlink satellites into orbit aboard the Falcon 9 rocket from Florida’s Cape Canaveral. Along with the internet beaming devices were three SkySat observational satellites owned by Planet Labs, a private Earth-imaging company. Falcon 9 is the first reusable rocket designed to take cargo and passengers into orbit, and today’s rocket was flying for a record sixth time. Today’s launch marked SpaceX’s 92nd Falcon mission. It is the second for Starlink this month and the 11th since the program began in May 2019. There are now 600 Starlink satellites in orbit – part of SpaceX’s plan for a global high-speed internet service. The Falcon 9 has completed 92 missions altogether, according to SpaceX. Scorch marks from previous flights were still visible at takeoff The Falcon 9 blasted off at at 10:30am EDT from Florida’s Cape Canaveral. A backup launch date had been scheduled for Wednesday in case of inclement weather. RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next Space oddity! Elon Musk to send a Tesla Roadster blasting… ‘Mars is looking real’: SpaceX completes first test flight… Share this article Share The booster rocket, designated B1049, dropped off eight minutes after takeoff. It then rendezvoused with SpaceX’s… Read full this story
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