The rocket was launched just in time today (June 17) at 12 noon. EDT (1609 GMT) is becoming the most flying booster of SpaceX. SpaceX today (June 17) launched a Falcon rock rocket for the 13th time, setting a new reuse record.
A two-stage Falcon lif took off from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida at 12:80 pm today. EDT (1609 GMT) carries SpaceX’s 53 Starlink Internet satellites into orbit. It was the first of three rocket launches in three days that SpaceX was pulling from three different pads.
According to the plan, 53 satellites were placed in low Earth orbit 15.5 minutes after launch. But there was work to be done before that: about .5.5 minutes after the liftoff, Falcon’s first stage landed on Earth in the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Florida for a vertical landing on the Shortfall of Gravitas in a SpaceX drone ship.
Sacex launch schedule 2022
This was the 13th launch and landing in the first phase of the Falcon 9, setting a new SpaceX reuse record. Booster previously assisted a GPS satellite, a Turkish communications satellite, various types of spacecraft on the Transporter 2 “Rideshare” mission, and nine Starlink batches, as described in the SpaceX mission (opens in a new tab).
Such a wide range of flights is a big priority for SpaceX and its billionaire founder and CEO Elon Musk. Musk has repeatedly said that rapid and complete reuse is an important step forward that will allow humanity to settle on Mars and achieve the feat of various ambitious spacecraft.
Starlink is the constellation of SpaceX, the Internet satellite. The company has now launched more than 2,200 Starlink craft in orbit (opens in new tabs), and the number will continue to grow in the future; The next-generation version of the network could eventually consist of up to 30,000 satellites (opens in a new tab).
Today’s mission is to launch a planned rocket tripleheader for SpaceX, which aims to launch a radar satellite for the German military on Saturday morning (June 1) and a commercial communications satellite on Sunday (June 1) morning.
SpaceX launch time today
This intense 36-hour stretch will continue a very busy year for SpaceX. The company has already launched 24 missions in 2022, 15 of them Starlink Flight Dedicated.
Editor’s note: This story was updated at 12:30 pm EDT (1630 GMT) on June 17 with the news of successful liftoff, rocket landing, and satellite deployment.
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