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



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.

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