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SpaceX completes first 20th launch and landing of a booster with today’s Falcon 9 mission



SpaceX Falcon 9 Rocket Lifting off from Space Launch Complex 40 (SLC-40) at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida

SpaceX launched a new Falcon 9 mission from Space Launch Complex 40 (SLC-40) at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida. The mission was carrying 23 Starlink satellites and deployed them to low-Earth orbit.

With a clear sky at midnight, SpaceX fired the first launch vehicle engines and began the liftoff. After separating from the second stage, the first stage performed boostback burns and landed on a droneship.


This is a milestone for SpaceX as the booster has completed a record 20th flight and landing with this Falcon 9 mission.

It was in use since November 2020. The first-stage booster has been used to liftoff eight astronauts and more than 500 satellites into orbit. It has contributed a total of 261+ metric tons of mass to orbit within the last four years.


This booster in particular previously launched GPS III Space Vehicle 04, GPS III Space Vehicle 05, Inspiration4, Ax-1, Nilesat 301, OneWeb Launch 17, ARABSAT BADR-8, and 13 Starlink missions including the latest.

Mel Trivalo is a senior author at, he began his early career in electronics in 2021 and turned his attention towards Space and Rocket Science. Mel likes to explore new technologies and swings baseball to run through creative thoughts.

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